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BREEDING RACING SHRAPNEL Kooringal Stud FOCUS 2012 1st CROP SIRES FRESHMAN FASTNET ROCK Broodmare Beacon DOMINANT DAMES Girl Power SYNDICATION Racing s Saviour ISSUE 104 JUNE JULY 2012 ISSN 1444-4593 PP 255003 05323 RRP AUST 15.95 (incl. GST) NZ 17.95 (incl. GST) BREEDING RACING KEY CONTACTS AT BREEDING&RACING Editor-In-Chief Gary Knowles gknowles Editor-At-Large Renee Geelen dekabat Advertising Manager Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 Staff Writer Merissa Borg Chief Photographer Steve Hart Photographers Mark Gatt & Bruno Cannatelli Production Manager Victoria Hordern ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 Ph 0413 112 020 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 EDITORIAL DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTION Gary Knowles gknowles Ph 61 2 8204 1007 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 Cover image Kooringal Stud s Freshman Sire Shrapnel A PRODUCED & PUBLISHED BY GADFLY MEDIA ABN 86 066 598 427 Level 1 579 Harris Street Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia Managing Director Gary Allen Reproduction in whole or in part is not permitted without the written authorisation of the publisher. All reasonable efforts have been made to trace copyright holders. This magazine contains general information only and does not purport to be a substitute for expert advice. All readers are advised to seek expert advice from a travel agent if considering travelling to a specific destination. The publisher and the authors do not accept any liability whatsoever in respect of any action taken by readers in reliance on the recommendations set out in this magazine. ll news is supposedly good news. The circumstances of Black Caviar s narrow victory at Royal Ascot left far more questions than answers. It also perhaps created more news than had she doddled her opposition by the expected wide margin. In the same way that Man Bites Dog sells more newspapers than Dog Bites Man this was racing drama at its best a Hollywood climax where the injured heroine triumphantly emerges intact when the screen credits roll. Not too unlike an Ashes climax where with one wicket standing victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat in the last session of the last Test all that matters historically is the scoreboard and it s history now that Black Caviar exited England s hallowed turf with her record still intact at 22-zip 12 of them at Gr1 level. Approaching the 2012 stud season who s to know how many breeders will have The Cav in mind when they finalise their breeding plans but rest assured not one will be breeding for mediocrity. Every mating ever planned was inspired by dreams of greatness and so it will be again in 2012. In this edition you ll find a terrific piece by Merissa Borg on the freshman sire crop its changing demographics and some very exciting debutants waiting in the wings. Jason Gregory also provides a dozen reasons or more to wish for a few hundred grand to send a mare to Fastnet Rock a stallion currently riding the crest of a wave that shows little sign of breaking. And with females having taken 5 of the past 7 Australian Horse of the Year titles Cassandra Simmonds presents evidence that should convince broodmare owners that a filly-foal in 2013 is at least as desirable as finding a colt on a spring morning. Whatever mating decisions are made there is one inescapable truth there is no right or wrong decision just a decision. Break a leg if you re lucky enough to have to make one this breeding season. Gary Knowles Editor-In-Chief For FREE Daily Industry News Updates 4 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM CRESTING A WAVE FASTNET ROCK DOMINANT DAMES RACING S GIRL POWER E PAGE 6 E PAGE 22 YEARLING SYNDICATES RACING S SAVIOUR THE GOOD DIE YOUNG FACT OR FICTION E PAGE 16 E PAGE 38 EBBS AND FLOWS EUROPE S BLOODSTOCK FRESHMAN FOCUS NEW STALLIONS E PAGE 44 E PAGE 54 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 5 ROCK SOLID astnet Rock was foaled on 22 September 2001 to illustrious parents and raised in the salubrious surroundings of Coolmore Australia s Jerry Plains barn 30 kilometres from Singleton in the Hunter Valley. He grew to be a fireball of a colt with racy looks and presence who was simply a perfectly endowed heavyweight who ran the way his chassis suggested he should. He only ever plied his trade in the best races against the best horses of his generation but you never had to look too hard for him. Once the field would swing for home the smart bay colt would drop his shoulder and unleash a daisy-cutting action that would either propel him to victory or get him very close. You had to be miserable not to love the big-hearted son of Danehill. And the 16.1 hand high animal never lost his swagger before being retired back to Jerry Plains as the reigning 2004 05 Champion Australian Sprinter with career earnings of 1 654 100. But as much as Fastnet Rock was worth on the racetrack he is worth many times more as a sire and after five seasons at stud has already fathered 10 Gr1 winners including Foxwedge Sea Siren Irish Lights Mosheen and the seemingly bottomless Atlantic Jewel. This year Fastnet Rock cemented his reputation as the nation s hottest young property by winning the 2011 12 Australian sires premiership along the way breaking an all-time producing record with six individual Gr1 winners. For the 2012 breeding season he will become the nation s most expensive sire at 220 000. And while that soaring price tag will place him well out of reach of the average breeder those armed with cash and quality broodmares are lining up in the hope of producing a champion. Indeed if the Brothers Grimm themselves authored the story the Fastnet Rock fairy tale is only just beginning. In the great tradition of hindsight being 20-20 it is easy to see why Coolmore named their speedy and glamorous colt after a lighthouse cemented to a lonely crag in the Atlantic Ocean eight miles from Ireland s most southerly point. Fastnet Rock has himself become a beacon for the Australian breeding industry. Fastnet Rock was born to rule writes Jason Gregory and is conquering the breeding barn in the same way he conquered the racetrack. For another thing he will this year for the second time travel half way around the world to stand in close proximity to his famous namesake in the heart of Golden Vale where he is scheduled to serve 125 broodmares at Coolmore s Irish base. Renowned breeding consultant James Bester believes that the now 10-year-old will become a horse for the ages and that Europeans may soon think first of the horse instead of the lighthouse on hearing the name. yearlings the most likely racehorses and the most likely stallions. It is hard to find a flaw in the horse and that just about covers it. After the horse destined to become Fastnet Rock was passed in at the 2003 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale a small Coolmore syndicate who still own the horse decided to race him themselves. He was sent to Newcastle trainer Paul Perry following the mentor s success with superstar sprinter Choisor. The Novacastrian who is as fine a horseman as there is said that despite all the bluster Fastnet Rock was green and carefree when he first arrived at his Newcastle base and remained a gentle giant until the day he left. He also said that his timidity concealed the fiery on-track demon that was one of the most serious sprinters that he or indeed anyone else had trained in recent years. He was just a great horse to handle and a lovely made up horse. He was a gawky yearling but he grew into himself to become a really nice horse late into his two-year-old season he just needed a bit of time he said. You would not know he was a colt half the time he was never a bother. The horse sired by Danehill to brilliant and precious sprinting mare Piccadilly Circus made his debut public appearance in a Randwick barrier trial on 22 September 2003. His first race start came on 24 January 2004 when beaten 4.6 lengths over 1100m at Rosehill. In a brief but brilliant career Fastnet Rock would go on to race 16 times for six wins seven seconds and two thirds. He did not win any races as a two-yearold but ran second in both the Pago Pago and Skyline Stakes fourth in the Golden Slipper and third in the Gr1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes. However he found great success after turning three by winning the Gr1 Lightning Stakes the 2005 rendition of the Oakleigh Plate the Up and Coming Stakes Linlithgow Stakes Roman Consul Stakes and the Rory s Jester Plate. His Timeform rating of 127 ranks him one of the very best colts ever to race in Australia. Those who performed around him were quality stock including Dance Hero Alinghi Charge Forward Shamenka Wager Econsul and Genius and Evil a horse that would eventually F Coolmore named their speedy and glamorous colt after a lighthouse cemented to a lonely crag in the Atlantic Ocean... I have the view that Fastnet Rock is the second coming of Danehill and that he will surpass Danehill which is a big statement he told Breeding and Racing. He is the real deal and by far the best stallion in Australia he proves it weekly and I would be breeding with him until my nose bleeds. The best mares are being bought all around the place specifically to go to him or on the odd occasion one of his sons. I am the leading buyer of yearlings at the sales and I am concentrating on Fastnet Rock. I see (his progeny) as being the best 6 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Powerhouse sire Fastnet Rock ROCK SOLID (cont) Popular young stallion Wanted become a turf hero in Hong Kong known as Absolute Champion. After Fastnet Rock ran second in the TJ Smith Stakes in March 2005 he was sent to the United Kingdom to prepare for the Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup. Unfortunately he suffered from travel sickness and was returned home and retired. Perry believes his former charge was retired at the right time - despite believing he had much to give on the track. He was as good as anything and he went out on top with a beautiful record it was the right decision by Coolmore. But there is also no doubt at all that his best was still to come he was never knocked around and he had it all still in him. As a trainer you would naturally love to go on with them when you know there are more big wins to come but there is no disappointment at all and quite often you can see them become devalued if you continue to race them and they go off the boil. However Perry said he now gets a thrill out of watching Fastnet Rock s progeny on the racetrack walking the sales ring or in his own shed. He is a beautifully-boned horse and his stock are lovely made-up horses they all have his good bone and the ones I have personally dealt with and the ones I have seen at the sales seem to have a lovely nature so he certainly throws that on to them. We have bought a few naturally you would love to have 20 of them he is the real deal and he is now right on the heels of his father. Perry in fact believes Fastnet Rock is by far the best value stallion in Australia. 8 Renowned breeding consultant James Bester believes the now 10-year-old Fastnet Rock will become a horse for the ages... Considering what they bring in the sales ring... go back a couple of years and the Encosta s (Encosta De Lago) and Redoute s (Redoutes Choice) were in the 300 000s. They are still his main competitors in the breeding market. But he will not be this sort of value for long they are right when they say the cream rises and I think the second best to him is now a long way behind him. One of the first professional breeders to embrace Fastnet Rock was Paul Whelan who sent mare Midnight Ballet to the then first season colt in a mating that produced 2010 Gr1 Australian Guineas winner Rock Classic. The service fee then was under 40 000 which is still a fair risk but he had a great race record and he is a son of Danehill and it is fair to say that there are not too many failed sons of Danehill who had won a quality race and failed to be a good sire Whelan said. Following that initial success Whelan mated Forest Native with Fastnet Rock with the result being Gr1 sprinter Foxwedge. I still really like Fastnet Rock but I liked him better at the 40 000 and not the 220 000 - which is a prohibitive price for me. But there are other avenues in which I can take advantage of Fastnet Rock bloodlines in his sons. Whelan believes Fastnet Rock will emulate Redout s Choice by having successful sons at stud. Redoute s Choice already has Snitzel Bradbury s Luck and Not A Single Doubt. I have been impressed with Wanted s progeny which stands for 38 500 at Victoria s Eliza Park I also think Foxwedge s price he is standing at Newgate - at 33 000 this year is really good value and Smart Missile (who will stand at Arrowfield for 22 000) is outstanding value. 2012 William Read Stakes victor Foxwedge was one of six Gr1 winners that emerged from his father s third foal crop of 2008. The latest in that half-dozen was record-breaking BTC Cup and Doomben 10 000 winner Sea Siren. Others include the New Zealand duo Pop N Rock and Planet Rock outstanding filly and 2012 ATC All Aged Stakes winner Atlantic Jewel and fourtime Gr1 Winner Mosheen. Danehill nine times champion sire in Australia sired a record 85 Gr1 winners worldwide with 45 of them conceived during his seasons at Coolmore Stud at Jerrys Plains. Given the recent successes there is little wonder why Fastnet Rock s progeny are commanding top dollar and that Victoria s highest highest priced yearling of 500 000 was sired by the new king of the ring. Sebastian Hutch from Coolmore s FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Smarter Breed New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing New Zealand The perfect thoroughbred breeding environment and unbeatable value for money ROCK SOLID (cont) Untapped champion Atlantic Jewel Star freshman sire-son Foxwedge sales and marketing team said the organisation always believed Fastnet Rock had the attributes to be a top sire noting We were not surprised that he immediately secured the support of the best breeders with the best mares. When he retired to stud Fastnet Rock with his outstanding credentials was considered a very sexy young sire and hence was well supported by the best breeders in numbers. The quality of his first foals and yearlings encouraged those breeders to patronise him further in subsequent years and those who have been consistent supporters of his are those who are now reaping the dividends in the sales ring and on the race track. For Coolmore the natural progression from up-and-coming and now premiership sire will be to ensure Fastnet Rock becomes a dominant sire. In fact given that his 2011 12 season is one of the most successful ever enjoyed by any champion sire in Australian racing and breeding history and has sired the winners of over 11 million this year alone Hutch said Coolmore had high hopes that he will become the dominant stallion in Australasia for the next decade. Coolmore also currently have the champion sires in Europe in Galileo and the US with Giant s Causeway. He is a hugely important piece of the Coolmore operation and a horse that is cherished by us. He was bred on our farm on Jerry s Plains raced in the Coolmore navy blue and is now champion sire elect. Fastnet Rock is himself a big strong horse with a great action and he tends to pass these attributes on to his best progeny. He is serving his second full book of mares in Ireland and has proven hugely popular up there he is a fabulous ambassador for the Coolmore operation right around the world. In fact Coolmore hold the stallion in such 10 Indeed if the Brothers Grimm themselves authored the story the Fastnet Rock fairy tale is only just beginning... regard that they have been buying up in the sales ring in over the past 12 months to secure his best yearlings. One of those bidding for the super stable and on behalf of other clients is Bester who knows that few serious breeders with deep pockets will dream of passing up a mating with Fastnet Rock. Case in point is that Bester this year purchased outstanding four-year-old race New Zealand mare Anabandana for 720 000 at a Sydney broodmare sale on behalf of prominent owner Rob McClure. She will have a spring preparation with Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon before being sent to the headline horse. Bester said he specifically bought the mare to go to Fastnet Rock. Basically what you think is a horse like Anabandana deserves a top-line Danehill horse and she is a lighter quality Nureyev type and Fastnet thrives on that kind of filly and that is why Stravinsky has also worked well with him and Zabeel who is out of a Nureyev mare. They just thrive on an injection of quality and the Anabandana mating just picked itself. Mosheen is out of a Stravinsky mare and Stravinsky is by Nureyev while Atlantic Jewel is out of a Zabeel mare whose mother is by Nureyev. I think the Nureyev factor is in fact becoming dominant and we specifically love the Zabeel and Nureyev influence the matings seem to throw individuals with beautiful heads and length and scope the right kind of muscle definition and great movers. But you can get bogged down in all of that and Fastnet Rock is a most adaptable stallion and he works well with the Hennessy line also specifically Storm Cat (who mirrors Fastnet Rock s Northern Dancer Bull Page cross). So serious is Bester about securing topclass and well-conformed race fillies for Fastnet Rock is that he has travelled to the United States twice in recent years in the search for appropriate stock. We have a crop of foals on the ground now out of Gr1 and 2 winners in America and we will continue to go back. He also believes the stallion will have no trouble in rising to the top of the European breeding ranks. Don t forget Nureyev is a three-quarter brother to Sadler s Wells so what works with Nureyev should work with Sadler s Wells s mares and there are plenty of those in Ireland I think it will work beautifully. He is another Danehill and he can be compared favorably to his father and he has risen to the top of the tree here already and that will put him up in the pantheon of greats. I think he will also do a Danehill overseas it is only a matter of time he gets two year olds he gets fast horses and he gets sounds horses and he gets horses that can go the distance. Echoing Bester s sentiments Whelan also believes Zabeel and Galileo stock suit Fastnet Rock. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM WHEN THE SEAS OF L IFE GET ROUGH WATERTIGHT COVER IS YOUR LIFEBOAT With horses as in life it pays to know the risks involved. As a genuine equine insurance broker we re here to look after YOUR interests and we know that price is irrelevant unless you have the right cover for your needs. We ll get the right cover at the right price and because we ve already done your homework for you your time can be better spent finding another winner. Want to know more Simply go to our website at or call Wayne Aldridge on 61 2 9988 4546 0412 333 808 & wayne ROCK SOLID (cont) Gifted filly Mosheen Rising star Sea Siren Fastnet Rock will travel half way around the world... where he is scheduled to serve 125 broodmares at Coolmore s Irish base. There are some clues coming through after the number of foals he has had through some nicks and crosses. You will see now that all the major studs are getting as many of the Zabeels that they possibly can. He also believes that Fastnet Rock is no one-trick pony. I think what Fastnet Rock is able to do is upgrade mares and he is giving his progeny an advantage and I think if you look at his various stakes-winners the good mares that go to him are more likely to produce the good quality stock. There is no set recipe for success with any stallion but there are tell-tale signs that keep on showing through and I have given you one about Zabeel. And anything to do with a Royal Academy cross and Storm Cat seems to go particularly well with him as well. Whelan is just one of many breeders who have tipped in to the Fastnet Rock offspring at one of the recent sales and has everything crossed that the full-sister to Foxwedge he now owns can go some way towards emulating her famous big brother. Fastnet Rock stamps his stock and I hope that has happened in this case she is showing potential. To say that about her sire is to state the obvious the Rock is doing that and far more. On the eve of completing this article the Patinack Farm-owned juvenile Destruction won the Listed BRC Dalrello Stakes for 2YOs at Doomben in a manner that suggested he could be a crack threeyear-old next season. The result took Fastnet Rock s stakes-winning progeny to 33 of which 16 have come in this season alone. 12 Fastnet Rock s 10 Gr1 Winners ATLANTIC JEWEL (08f Zabeel Nashwan). 7 wins from 1100m to 2000m in 2011-12 A 927 925 MRC Thousand Guineas Gr.1 ATC All Aged S. Gr.1 Sapphire S. Gr.2 VRC Wakeful S. Gr.2 MRC BMW H. MVRC Italian Sports Club of Werribee P. PLANET ROCK (08f Zabeel Defensive Play). 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m to 2100m to 2011-12 NZ 392 225 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas Gr.1 ARC Eight Carat Classic Gr.2 Hawke s Bay Lowland S. Gr.3 ARC Countdown to Karaka Million 2YO H. CJC Canterbury Racing Guineas Trial 2d CJC Canterbury Belle S. L WRC KPR Catering 2YO H. 3d ARC Karaka Million (R) L WRC Kolfinna Classic 4th ARC Royal S. Gr.2 Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic Gr.2. IRISH LIGHTS (06f Hennessy Affirmed). 3 wins from 1100m to 1600m A 492 950 MRC Thousand Guineas Gr.1 Thousand Guineas Prelude Gr.3 VRC Sofitel Girls Day Out H. 2d MRC Blue Diamond Preview (f) L 3d MRC Angus Armanasco S. Gr.2. WANTED (06c Snippets Southern Appeal). Joint Third Colt on 2009-10 Australasi an 3YO Classification.3 wins-2 at 2-at 1100m 1200m A 1 216 000 VRC Newmarket H. Gr.1 AJC Kindergarten S. Gr.3 STC Pet & Animal Show 2YO H. 2d VRC Patinack Classic Gr.1 Lightning S. Gr.1 MVRC William Reid S. Gr.1 VRC Danehill S. Gr.2 3d MRC Schillaci S. Gr.2 AJC Canonbury S. L 4th AJC TJ Smith S. Gr.1 MRC Oakleigh P. Gr.1 MVRC Manikato S. Gr.1. ROCK CLASSIC (06g Peintre Celebre Luskin Star). 3 wins from 1200m to 1600m A 669 600 VRC Australian Guineas Gr.1 STC Canterbury BMW & Attic Ladders H. Theraces. H. 2d STC Rosehill Guineas Gr.1 Shift2neutral H. 4th MVRC Australia S. Gr.2. MOSHEEN (08f Stravinsky Kaapstad). Joint Top Filly of 2010-11 Australasi an 2YO Classifications.7 wins-1 at 2-from 1000m to 2500m to 2011-12 A 2 638 700 VRC Oaks Gr.1 VRC Australian Guineas Gr.1 ATC Royal Randwick Guineas Gr.1 Vinery Stud S. Gr.1 VRC Edward Manifold S. Gr.2 MRC Manfred S. L Swettenham Stud 2YO H. 2d ATC Golden Slipper S. Gr.1 MRC Thousand Guineas Gr.1 VRC Vanity S. Gr.3 3d MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude Gr.3 Quezette S. L. SEA SIREN (08f Success Express Haulpak). 5 wins to 1350m in 2011-12 A 883 330 BRC Doomben Ten Thousand S. Gr.1 BTC Cup Gr.1 ATC Light Fingers S. Gr.2 William s Premium Lager H. Vinery Stud H. 2d ATC Surround S. Gr.2 3d ATC H. FOXWEDGE (08c Forest Wildcat Water Bank). 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1100m 1200m to 2011-12 A 952 450 MVRC William Reid S. Gr.1 ATC Roman Consul S. Gr.2 San Domenico S. Gr.3 Clarry Conners 2YO P. STC Always Recycling 2YO H. 2d VRC Coolmore Stud S. Gr.1 ATC Run to the Rose H. Gr.3 3d VRC Newmarket H. Gr.1 ATC Todman S. Gr.2 4th ATC Golden Rose S. Gr.1 VRC Lightning S. Gr.1. LONE ROCK (07f Lion Cavern Night Shift). Joint Top Filly of 2010-11 Australasi an 3YO Classification (Sprint).4 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m 1200m to 2011-12 A 584 778 SAJC Goodwoo d H. Gr.1 VRC Bobbie Lewis H. Gr.3 MVRC Champagne S. Gr.3 MRC Bramerton 2YO P. 2d MVRC Friends of Epworth H. SAJC Adelaide Magic Millions 2YO Classic 3d MRC How Now S. Gr.3 MVRC Red Anchor S. Gr.3 MRC Geoff Murphy H. 4th MVRC William Reid S. Gr.1 SAJC Robert Sangster S. Gr.1. ROCK N POP (08c Sir Tristram In the Purple). 3 wins at 1200m 1600m in 2011-12 NZ 458 175 A 5 000 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas Gr.1 ARC Karaka 3YO Mile (R) L 2d New Zealand Derby Gr.1 Ashburton RC Ray Coupland S. L CJC Canterbury Racing Guineas Trial 3d Waikato RC International S. Gr.1. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM NEW HAND AT THE TILLER Chauncey Morris After his first four months in Australia Chauncey Morris the new CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia & Aushorse shared his impressions with Renee Geelen. A pproaching the half-year mark into his new tenure Chauncey Morris is coming to grips with the many challenges facing the industry. An American with a degree in Political Science Morris has ten years experience in the racing industry and was previously with major sales company Keeneland. During his time there Morris successfully increased exports to 24 new countries on six continents identified new owners and breeders in existing European markets and developed new owner recruitment programs at the sales for their domestic market. Prior to that he was the Business Development Director for Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. The experience gained in these two roles made Morris a standout candidate for replacing Peter McGauran at the helm of Australia s racing industry representative organisation. same direction but get there in different ways by covering off different parts of the industry. Loosely speaking TBA looks at policy and governance while Aushorse focuses on sales and exports. Both chairs for each organisation bring experience and personal success and achievement to the table. Their expertise on everything from policy to marketing issues is important and valuable and assists in providing our staff with proper guidance for accomplishing the joint TBA Aushorse goals of keeping the industry competitive internationally. There are lots of exciting changes happening in Australia now such as the additional prizemoney in Victoria the race fields decision in NSW and the changes to the governance in Queensland. The industry needs friends in politics at federal and state level and having people such as John Messara and Kevin Dixon in positions of policy making is a positive thing. B&R What do you see is the biggest issue facing breeders at the moment Morris Obviously the AI case. The decision by TBA to become involved in the proceedings was an excellent one as the TBA have been able to provide a view to the courts of the wider industry implications. Australia has spent the last five years sending its best horses around the world and beating everyone. We must win the case in order to keep showing the world our horses are the best. And those winners allow us to focus on completing the cycle getting more buyers here spending. The industry also has a current opportunity to paint how positive the race fields NSW decision was in terms of prizemoney. Over the next few months I expect that plans will start to emerge on how best to spend the money for the good of racing. Aushorse in particular needs to make sure that this gains traction for the buying bench at next year s sales. B&R Beyond generic marketing does Aushorse have specific target markets in mind And where do you see growth coming from Morris In terms of domestic markets Australia appears to have evolved into a two tier economy with the resources field still rating well and everyone else flat by comparison. We saw at this year s sales that the resources people are solvent and were spending well including input from new players such as Kevin Maloney (Tulla Resources Segenhoe Stud) who bought 7 yearlings at Inglis Easter recently for 2.085 million including the More than Ready Polar Success colt for 500 000. Aushorse will be recruiting people in this space. There is also a huge opportunity to grow domestic ownership via encouraging the larger international owners to buy locally produced horses and keep them here to race. Many of the major racehorse owners around the globe are already racing their horses outside their home B&R As the CEO of both Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and its subsidiary Aushorse Marketing how do you go about balancing the different needs of both organisations Morris The mission of both is to maintain vitality and competitive advantage for the Australian industry. Both organisations go in the 14 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM jurisdiction for example many USA owners also race horses in South America and many Irish owners race in France and the rest of Europe. It is not much of a stretch to encourage these people to race horses in Australia. Further in my opinion Australia is the best in the world at giving owners the full ownership experience. The raceday experience here is great and the prizemoney returns are the best in the world bar Japan and Hong Kong (who both have ownership restrictions). As an example just look at the list of horses that have run second to Black Caviar. Nowhere else in the world would you find so many 1 million plus earners racing at the same time. The big international owners are starting to clue onto this and a little effort by Aushorse will yield big results for the Australian industry. One example is Dunaden s owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani from the Royal Family of Qatar who bought five yearlings at Inglis Easter this year for 995 000 and also spent a further 205 000 at the broodmare sale. Australia s horses are performing highly in Asia especially in Singapore as well as in South Africa and we are pleased with the investment from buyers this year. Hong Kong provided a particularly strong presence at our sales this year and we will be working hard to keep these valued clients for the industry. B&R You ve been in Australia for four months now. Have you noticed a difference in how people approach the racing industry in Australia as compared to your native America Morris People in horse racing tend to be optimists wherever you are in the world. Nothing is more optimistic than seeing a 90-year-old buying a weanling Australians have a really positive outlook towards competition both on the track and between players in the wider industry. Breeders are not producing a commodity but an athlete and healthy competition ensures a drive to create better athletes. That this competition flows positively through the marketplace the different jurisdictions and into racing is something special in Australia. America doesn t have quite the same view on this and their economy is also struggling which means the general view is less positive there. Dunaden s owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani AUSTRALIA APPEARS TO HAVE EVOLVED INTO A TWO TIER ECONOMY WITH THE RESOURCES FIELD STILL RATING WELL AND EVERYONE ELSE FLAT BY COMPARISON... CHAUNCEY MORRIS High-Earning Runners-Up Behind Black Caviar Race VRC Cromwell H (1000m) 18 April 2009 MRC Blue Sapphire S L (1200m) 02 May 2009 MVRC William Crockett S L (1200m) 22 Aug 2009 VRC Danehill S Gr2 (1200m) 05 Sept 2009 MVRC Stanley Wootton S Gr2 (1200m) 22 Jan 2010 MRC Schillaci S Gr2 (1000m) 09 Oct 2010 MVRC Schweppes S Gr2 (1200m) 23 Oct 2010 VRC Patinack Classic Gr1 (1200m) 06 Nov 2010 VRC Lightning S Gr1 (1000m) 19 Feb 2011 VRC Newmarket H Gr1 (1200m) 12 Mar 2011 MVRC William Reid S Gr1 (1200m) 25 Mar 2011 ATC TJ Smith S Gr1 (1200m) 09 April 2011 BRC BTC Cup Gr1 (1200m) 14 May 2011 MRC Schillaci S Gr2 (1000m) 08 Oct 2011 MVRC Schweppes S Gr2 (1200m) 22 Oct 2011 VRC Patinack Classic Gr1 (1200m) 05 Nov 2011 MVRC Australia S Gr2 (1200m) 27 Jan 2012 MRC CF Orr S Gr1 (1400m) 11 Feb 2012 VRC Lightning S Gr1 (1000m) 18 Feb 2012 SAJC Robert Sangster S Gr1 (1200m) 28 Apr 2012 2nd Kwassa Kwassa Demerit Miraculous Miss Wanted Here de Angels Winter King (NZ) Hot Danish Star Witness Hay List Crystal Lily Crystal Lily Hay List Hay List Karuta Queen Doubtful Jack Buffering Zedi Knight Southern Speed Hay List Sistine Angel Race Record of 2nd horse Stakes placed 309 000 Gr3 wnr 260 000 stakes placed 43 000 Gr1 wnr 1.2m Gr3 wnr 770 000 Listed wnr 530 000 Gr1 wnr 2.3m Gr1 wnr 1.4m Gr1 wnr 2.5m Gr1 wnr 2.7m Gr1 wnr 2.7m Gr1 wnr 2.5m Gr1 wnr 2.5m Gr3 wnr 1.7m Gr3 wnr 700 000 Gr2 wnr 1.1m Listed wnr 590 000 Gr1 wnr 2.2m Gr1 wnr 2.5m Gr2 wnr 460 000 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 15 Reward For Effort raced by Dynamic Syndications TO THE FUTURE L ooking through race books from the 1950s. and even earlier the most noticeable difference between then and the present day is the number of owners listed for each horse. Perhaps 60% of the horses in those old books listed one person as the owner and it is difficult to find any with more than four owners. Today apart from the biggest commercial studs such as Darley Arrowfield and Coolmore and a few individuals like Gerry Harvey Keith Biggs and Nick Moraitis most horses are raced in partnerships naming from four to ten individuals or different entities as owners. A growing number of horses are syndicated that is horses professionally selected and purchased by licensed syndicators often advertised for sale and frequently raced in the colours of the syndicator. For many years a maximum of six owners was listed in a race book and given full raceday privileges but the increase to 10 named owners has extended owners benefits to a wider number by further keeping costs down. Most commercial syndicators offer horses in 10% packages. The result is a proliferation of ownership. Quite simply many more people enjoy the privilege of ownership than in times gone by. Even though Australians like to view themselves as an egalitarian society it used to be only the wealthy who could afford to own racehorses. Many were owned and indeed bred by graziers the Australian equivalent of landed gentry. Media proprietors and retail kings were others who enjoyed racing large strings of horses. In recent times owning a share in a racehorse has become an achievable dream for many. The obvious reason for the expansion of ownership is the increasing cost of purchasing and more importantly keeping INEXORABLE MARCH The high cost of keeping a horse in work is changing the face of ownership in Australia. Jeff Sagar reports on the growing importance of partnerships and syndication. a horse in work. Currently one would not receive much change from 40 000 per year to keep a horse in training in Sydney. The 40 000 is made up of training fees agistment vet fees and a myriad of other smaller costs. While that amount on top of a purchase price of perhaps 100 000 for a good quality yearling is beyond the reach of most an initial outlay of say 10 000 and ongoing costs of 4 000 per year is affordable to many. As legendary trainer TJ Smith once remarked to his daughter Gai shortly after she took up training I used to have owners who had six horses with me. You ve got six buggers with one horse. Smith had perhaps 30 owners. Waterhouse has 1 000 on her books. From her first years as a trainer Waterhouse was known and admired for her inclusive attitude towards her owners and potential owners. When Gai won a race she couldn t help inviting all and sundry to help her 16 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM LEADERS IN THOROUGHBRED AUCTION SALES PRIVATE SALES INSURANCE AIRFREIGHT AND LEASING & FINANCE WINTER MIXED BLOODSTOCK SALE 3 AUGUST 2012 AT KARAKA 10 AUGUST 2012 IN CHRISTCHURCH 20 & 21 NOVEMBER 2012 AT KARAKA 27 JANUARY 2013 AT ELLERSLIE 28 JANUARY - 4 FEBRUARY 2013 AT KARAKA SOUTH ISLAND SALE OF 2YOs & MIXED BLOODSTOCK READY TO RUN SALE OF 2YOs KARAKA MILLION NATIONAL YEARLING SALES SERIES NATIONAL WEANLING BROODMARE & MIXED BLOODSTOCK SALE 8 - 10 MAY 2013 AT KARAKA Contact New Zealand Bloodstock now for more information Phone 64 9 298 0055 Email reception Website INEXORABLE MARCH TO THE FUTURE (cont) celebrate have a glass of champagne and watch the race replays. Waterhouse realised perhaps more acutely than most that racing is a numbers game. The more horses in the stable the more winners and more horses meant more owners. Her communication service and hospitality to her owners became the benchmark for others to follow from muffins and coffee at barrier trials to her famous Sunday mornings at Tulloch Lodge inspecting the previous day s winners watching replays and generally socialising. But when Gai teamed up some 18 years ago with a woman of similar energy and charm an ex-Tasmanian with a background in the hospitality industry named Denise Martin the numbers game was taken to a new level. Martin was not the first person to syndicate racehorses but teamed with Waterhouse they refined the process and continue to lead the field. Some 400 syndicated horses later Martin s Star Thoroughbreds has enjoyed unparalleled success racing horses in the Star colours of purple with white stars such as Thesio (winner of five Gr1 races and over 3.2 million in prize money) Danglissa (Gr1 winner of six races and 864 000 in stakes) Kingsgate Bank Robber and Stoway (all winners of over half a million dollars in prize money) Primrose Sands (winner of her first seven starts and later sold for breeding for 500 000) and of course at the head of the Star honour board Golden Slipper winner Sebring a once-in-a-lifetime colt who won over 2.5 million in prize money including the Golden Slipper before being sold to Widden Stud as a stallion for some 28 million. And the success continues with this year s Magic Millions winner Driefontein already the winner of over 1.4 million. Regular buyers at the Magic Millions Sydney Classic and Easter sales and the Melbourne Yearling Sale Martin syndicates (or sells partnerships as she more correctly refers to it) around 25 - 30 horses each year. Of course Denise Martin and Gai Waterhouse work closely together in symbiosis but Star Thoroughbreds and the Waterhouse stable are separate entities. As an example Star Thoroughbreds pays Waterhouse 3 300 as a selection fee for each horse Gai and her team select for Martin to purchase. It seems money well spent. The selection process involves Waterhouse and her team which currently includes Racing Manager Bruce Slade and bloodstock 18 Denise Martin Yvonne Smith & Gai Waterhouse My only complaint is that while the compliance regulations are the same throughout Australia they are administered and audited by each state... Dean Watt Dynamic Syndications agent James Harron inspecting yearlings at the studs well in advance of the sales. They then view the yearlings at the sales complex and draw up a short list to be viewed a second time after which veterinarian Dr Greg Nash is called in to check the selections for soundness and view their radiographs. Martin is then consulted and put to work to secure those youngsters which Waterhouse wants to train. Of course price and value are essential elements of the purchase. I find around 100 000 is the price we often pay explains Martin. Up to 150 - perhaps 200 tops for an exceptional individual. I have found we usually have to pay at least 70 or 80 000 to get the sort of individual we want. Some horses are syndicated before they leave the sales complex but most are sold in the following months in 10-share partnerships. Many partnerships are sold to existing clients people who have already owned shares in Star horses. I find about 60% are sold to people already on our books and the rest are sold to people who usually have had no prior experience in racehorse ownership. We advertise hold open days to view the horses and usually manage to fully sell a horse every few weeks. Once under the big purple umbrella as it were Star Thoroughbred owners are treated royally. Service and social elements are keys to our business says Martin. We have an open stable every Sunday morning followed by refreshments watching replays and socialising. We also arrange visits to Muskoka Farm where we spell our horses. We are always looking to value-add to the experience for our clients. For example later this year I am taking 15 couples on a tour to Hong Kong for the big International Meeting. We pride ourselves on our communication with owners. It can be hard work. Last Saturday we had three runners so that s 30 phone calls I made on Friday afternoon. If people want to be involved in racing in a professional manner and also enjoy the social activity and meet other people then I think Star Thoroughbreds is for them. Star Thoroughbreds is Australia s largest syndicator but not all in the enterprise of selling shares in horses structure their business the same way. Dean Watt s Dynamic Syndications is Australia s second largest syndicator of horses and has a few notable differences to Star one being the obvious one that all Star Thoroughbred horses are trained by Gai Waterhouse whereas Dynamic Syndication horses are trained by a variety of trainers including Peter Moody Chris Waller Gerald Ryan Darren Smith Mick Price and David Payne. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 400 380 360 340 320 300 280 WEIGHT vs TIME FROM BIRTH - Actual weight - Ideal weight WEIGHT KGS 260 240 220 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 0 300 350 50 400 100 150 FOAL GROWTH SOFTWARE Wayne Bedggood Manager CRESSFIELD STUD Track the weight of your foals against the Australian ideal or simply monitor the average daily gain. 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Some buyers identify with different trainers and we give people not only choice of horses but choice of trainers Watt says. All syndicators must be licensed and since the mid 1990s when the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) became involved the compliance regulations and disclosure requirements while demanding a good deal of paperwork has rid the industry of a number of unscrupulous or at least questionable operators. Full and transparent disclosure of costs has seen few opportunities for partnership owners to feel disgruntled or seek redress as was sometimes formerly the case. There are also regulations in place to guard against money laundering and ensuring the bona fides of owners. Both Martin and Watt are comfortable with the present compliance regulations and requirement for disclosure statements. The syndication price of a horse is always a great deal more than the purchase price but there are legitimate reasons for this. Obviously syndicators have to make a profit but there are also substantial holding costs between a horse being sold in the ring and having someone pay for a share in its ownership. These include the GST element (horses are purchased plus GST payable but must be sold inclusive of GST) vet inspections and in some cases selection costs insurance pay-up for various sales race series such as the Magic Millions and Inglis Classic BOBS or equivalent bonus schemes travel breaking-in costs agistment and pretraining advertising and a myriad of smaller costs. As some horses may not be completely sold until a year after the sale these costs are considerable. Not all syndicators factor in their profits the same way. For example Star Thoroughbreds puts 25% plus costs on the purchase price of a yearling and charges no management costs for the racing life of the horse whereas Dynamic Syndication puts 12 1 2% on the purchase price plus costs but charges a small management fee for the on-going management of its horses for their racing careers. While Denise Martin s background is hospitality and she leaves the selection and management of her charges to Waterhouse and her staff Watt had been a bloodstock agent for some 15 years before he took out his syndicator s license and initially worked in tandem with trainer Graeme Rogerson with great success. We had Polar Success who won the Slipper Cox Plate winner Savabeel and plenty of other good horses like Econsul Watt recalls. Since I started I have had over 100 individual winners and the winners of five 20 Sebring raced by Star Thoroughbreds I find around 100 000 is the price we often pay up to 150 - perhaps 200 tops for an exceptional individual... Denise Martin Star Thoroughbreds Gr1 Races. Watt can also claim such good horses as Magic Millions winner Bradbury s Luck Honor in War and the Gr1 winners He s No Pie Eater and Blue Diamond winner Reward for Effort. In 2004 he set up what was to become Dynamic Syndications one of Australia s leading syndicators of horses. Prior to the global financial crisis I was syndicating 30-35 horses a year but more recently that number has dropped Watt explains. People seem more cautious about spending money on luxury items like horses. But I have been in the industry a long time and have seen the cycle of yearling prices and buyer confidence before and I do feel we are starting to see the upward movement of the cycle. Watt believes the compliance regulations under which all syndicators operate while necessary is not administered with equal vigour in all jurisdictions. My only complaint is that while the compliance regulations are the same throughout Australia they are administered and audited by each state he declares. It seems that NSW is the most strict while syndicators in other states are not looked at as closely. It would be nice to be operating on a level playing field. If the auditing was under the administration of the ARB (Australian Racing Board) rather than each state s Principal Club it would be fairer. The ARB would require extra staffing but the state bodies would require less. Selling partnerships in horses is the only industry that requires you to declare wholesale costs and expenses plus retail cost but the regulations have cleaned out a lot of less scrupulous operators. Owners are vital to the wellbeing of the Thoroughbred industry. Most horses don t pay their way so to a large extent owners subsidise both the breeding and racing facets of the industry. The increase in the number of owners and the broadening of the base of potential owners whether existing participants becoming more involved or those entering the ranks of ownership for the first time often through commercial syndication should be universally encouraged. After-all more owners equals more horses equals larger fields equals increased wagering turnover equals more prize money equals more owners FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM DOMINANT With yearling fillies slowly starting to get equal billing at sales time Cassandra Simmonds argues it s about time. DAMES A sk any thoroughbred enthusiast in Australia of the name of the first horse that springs to mind and you can bet your house on Black Caviar being the resultant name. Ask the same question in America and the odds are short the response will be Zenyatta. Try your luck with the same question in South Africa and you will find Igugu to be the reply. Of course the common thread amongst these three champion thoroughbreds of the track is they are female females who have beaten their historically stronger male counterparts at racing s highest level. Fillies or mares have provided some of world racing s biggest highlights in recent years. Is it any surprise that Makybe Diva and Sunline sit at the top of Australian racing s highest prizemoney earners list with over 25.8 million and 20 Gr1s between them The last two Horse of the Year honours in Australia have gone to Peter Moody-trained mares Black Caviar and Typhoon Tracy. In fact five of the last seven Australian Horse of the Year honours have been awarded to females with Makybe Diva taking out the honour twice followed by five time Gr1-winning sprinter Miss Andretti also receiving the distinction. Australia is not alone with the trend of a nation s best horse being of the fairer sex. In America the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year has been won by a filly or mare the last three successive years with Rachel Alexandra Zenyatta and Havre de Grace achieving this honour. For her part Rachel Alexandra created history as a three-year-old filly by winning the second leg of the US Triple Crown the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. It was the first win by a filly in the Preakness Stakes in the previous 85 years and in doing so she defeated the Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. During a three-year-old campaign that resulted in five victories at the highest level Rachel Alexandra went on to demolish the boys in the Grade I Haskell Invitational followed by an astonishing win against the older males in the Grade I Woodward Stakes over 1800m. Her fellow subsequent female Horse of the Year winners Zenyatta and Havre de Grace also achieved trail-blazing wins against the males at Grade I level. In Europe meanwhile female horses have won two of the last four Cartier Awards for Horse of The Year with mares Zarkava and Goldikova securing the highest prize. The Horse of the Year accolade in Germany last year was awarded to Danedream after her devastating five-length win in the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe. Havre de Grace the winner of last year s award emulated Rachel Alexandra by also winning the Grade I Woodward Stakes whilst America s favourite girl Zenyatta came within a whisker of winning consecutive Breeders Cup Classics. Notwithstanding the dominance of Australia s darling Black Caviar consider the staggering racetrack performances in Australia by the girls of recent times. Over the last two racing seasons in Australia fillies and mares have won 30% of open sex Gr1 races. Last year both of Sydney s premier Gr1 mile events were won by mares. In the Autumn the Joe Pride-trained Sacred Choice was victorious in the Doncaster Handicap followed by Secret Admirer s win the Epsom Handicap in the Spring amongst a female trifecta of Pinker Pinker (2nd) and Red Tracer (3rd). That same month the late Pinker Pinker would go on to secure our best middle distance weight-forage contest the WS Cox Plate one week after another mare Southern Speed won one of the country s best and most difficult staying handicaps in the Caulfield Cup. This year s Doncaster Handicap honour again went to a mare with eight-time Gr1 winner More Joyous triumphant. The racetrack results of the female horse continue to speak for themselves with the last two VRC Australian Guineas classics being won by fillies - Shamrocker and Mosheen. In fact five of the last seven Australian Horse of the Year honours have been awarded to females... Following the Australian Guineas in 2011 Shamrocker went on to dominate the boys in the ATC Derby whilst this year s winner Mosheen defeated all-comers in the Randwick Guineas. Look no further than the current winter carnival in Brisbane where Fastnet Rock filly Sea Siren became the first three- 22 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Black Caviar year-old filly to win the Gr1 Doomben 10 000 following her first Gr1 success in the BTC Cup. Darley s Lonhro mare Beaded had won the previous running of the Doomben 10 000. And we haven t even touched on what is surely our most exciting racing prospect outside of Black Caviar the also unbeaten Atlantic Jewel. Coolmore s Thousand Guineas winning filly defeated an experienced field to win the All Aged Stakes during the Sydney Autumn. At the moment fillies are holding the mantelpiece. There s a wider range of racing options for fillies to run against their own sex in restricted events and also open races says Ian Macpherson Inglis Bloodstock Consultant and principal of Wattle Grove Stud. In addition to 56 open sex Gr1 races on the annual Australian racing calendar there are currently 12 Gr1s restricted to fillies and or mares. Macpherson is a renowned judge of yearlings who ordinarily buys more fillies than colts each year on behalf of clients. Fillies provide great value Macpherson tells. In 2008 Macpherson purchased a Charge Forward filly from Session II of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale for 50 000 for long-term clients Barrie and Midge Griffiths. That filly to be known as Response went on to win two Gr1 races and in excess of 836 000 in prizemoney. Response was sold at this year s Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale for 840 000 to SF Bloodstock. So what does Macpherson look for in a filly They ve got to have length that is the first thing Macpherson explains. It doesn t matter if they are big or small or who they are by they have to have length he adds. Macpherson also outlines a long barrel good rein and hip to hock and deep girth as common physical denominators to a class race filly. So with such outstanding racetrack results and post-career breeding barn potential on offer why do colts generally sell for a higher average purchase price to fillies as yearlings Macpherson believes there is a preconceived idea within the industry that a colt can be gelded and therefore have a longer life span in the stable in addition to a secondary market to sell to Asian racing jurisdictions. Over the last four years at the premier 23 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM DOMINANT DAMES (cont) Zenyatta Igugu Samantha Miss yearling sales for Australia s two auction houses the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale colts have sold for an average of between 7 000- 30 000 more than fillies. However the tide may have begun to turn at this year s Easter sale with fillies averaging just above the colts (Fillies average 190 802 Colts average 188 202). Although this statistic is clearly influenced by the top lot sold this year being Black Caviar s half-sister (Redoute s Choice x Helsinge) for 2.6 million three of the top priced lots sold at Easter 2012 were in fact fillies. In the last four years at both Magic Millions and Inglis premier yearlings sales fillies have struggled to be represented with one of the top five priced lots sold. Whilst the market for yearling fillies can be variable buyers are prepared to spend up in the recognised market for quality race fillies and broodmares which continue to be in strong demand. Champion three-year-old filly Samantha Miss was sold off the track in 2009 for 3.85 million and Fuji Kiseki international Gr1 winner Sun Classique was sold in foal to Oasis Dream to the bid of 2 million at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale. Record prices were seen at last year s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale which included dispersals from the late Ned Evans and late Prince Saud bin Khaled. A record US 8.5m was paid for a horse in training for Breeders Cup Ladies Classic winner Royal Delta with the sale s gross increasing over 41% and 23 lots selling for 1 million or more. Although perhaps best known as the trainer of 13-time Gr1 winning Nassipour gelding Tie The Knot leading Sydney trainer Guy Walter is a highly-respected conditioner of fillies and mares. Walter has achieved Gr1 success with the likes of Republic Lass (AJC Oaks Ranvet Stakes) Spinning Hill (Lightning Stakes Manikato Stakes-twice) Danni Martine (Coolmore Classic) Wild Iris (AJC Oaks) and current stable star Streama (Flight Stakes ATC Oaks). Walter doesn t differentiate in the key characteristics he looks for in fillies to colts. 24 Comparison of 2009 and 2012 Colt Filly yearling selling price averages at Inglis Easter and Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales. Sale Fillies offered in catalogue Fillies Average Colts Average Top Priced Lot - Filly Top Priced Lot - Colt 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (Sessions 1-4) 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale 46% 190 802 188 202 2 600 000 1 200 000 (Redoute s (Street Cry x Choice x Helsinge) Tugela) 600 000 960 000 (More Than Ready (Fastnet Rock x Sugar Babe) x Rose of Cimmaron) 1 150 000 (Redoute s Choice x Fine Society) 750 000 (Encosta de Lago x Larrocha) 1 800 000 (Encosta de Lago x Show Dancing) 2 000 000 (Encosta de Lago x Surrealist) 38% 118 270 132 648 45% 206 590 213 776 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (Sessions 1-4) 38% 121 967 137 090 Top Five Priced Lots Sold at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Colour Sex Vendor Sire Dam Buyer Price Br. B. or Br. B. Filly Filly Colt Evergreen Stud Farm Edinglassie Stud Newgate Farm Makybe Makybe Redoute s Choice Encosta de Lago Fastnet Rock Street Cry (IRE) Redoute s Choice Brave and Bold Amelia s Dream Catreign (NZ) Tugela (USA) Helsinge Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock James Harron Bloodstock James Bester Bloodstock Demi O Byrne Bloodstock Moody Racing Pty Ltd Paul Willetts BC3 Thoroughbreds 875 000 910 000 1 000 000 Br. B. Colt Filly 1 200 000 2 600 000 He describes temperament conformation breeding constitution speed and soundness as crucial components to the makeup of a good racehorse regardless of sex. Despite the commonly heard notion that good racemares have a difficult if not stallionlike temperament Walter contends That hasn t been my experience. Spinning Hill was the most placid even tempered mare as was Republic Lass. Walter judges Spinning Hill as the best mare he has trained. In a stellar sprinting career that included three Gr1 victories and three Gr1 placings amongst having won or been placed 25 times at stakes level the daughter of Dolphin Street also came within a neck of winning her second Lightning Stakes when running second to international star Choisir in 2003. When asked what have been the common attributes amongst the numerous fillies and mares he has trained to Gr1 glory Walter s immediate reply concerns their fierce will to win and strong constitution. He further explains top-line mares are genuine and consistent over a longer period. They love to race which makes them good Walter adds. This genuine quality in good mares is not limited to the thoroughbred racing industry according to Walter. When you talk to horse people outside of racing in disciplines like equestrian or polo they will tell you there is nothing better than a good mare. As for the best filly or mare he has seen Walter finds it impossible to single out one horse as his answer is dependent on whether the assessment is based on strength or FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM AUSTRALIAN STUD BOOK Ensuring the integrity of Thoroughbred breeding in Australia SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TODAY AT WWW.STUDBOOK.ORG.AU GET PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO ALL FEATURES IN THE GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION OF THE SITE PLUS... 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Those on Walter s short-list of the Africa s Triple Tiara. Undoubtedly the best Fine Lady best mares he has seen race include Leilani performed Australian-bred progeny of The tide may have Ballafayle Surround Emancipation Sunline Makybe Galileo Igugu has twice beaten the boys at begun to turn at this Odiana Inv Diva and the current racetrack stars Black the top level with wins in the Durban July Caviar and More Joyous. On Black Caviar Handicap and the J&B Met. year s Easter sale with Tasha s Walter says I don t think any of us will see a Sky France Goldikova better sprinting mare. fillies averaging just Breeding Anabaa x Born Gold (by Blushing Bellhouse Groom) WORLD RACING S above the colts... Salome Gy Purchase Price n a retained by breeder LEADING LADIES Race Record 27-17-6-3 5 134 935 Australia Black Caviar Itchy Flash Trainer Freddy Head Breeding Bel Esprit x Helsinge (by Desert The debate on the racing supremacy of A 14 time Gr1 winner in three countries Indiana Jon Sun) the female horse has not gone unnoticed by nine of her Gr1 wins came in open sex Purchase Price AU 210 000 (2008 Inglis Racing Victoria s Chief Handicapper andFlying Spu events. The French mare is best known Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale) General Manager of Racing Greg Carpenter. for being the only horse to have won three Race Record 21-21-0-0 AU 5 771 050 Given the racetrack results of fillies and Giant s C Breeders Cup Miles. In her valiant attempt Trainer Peter Moody mares against the males in the last season Berries Gian for a fourth consecutive win in the race The unbeaten superstar of Australian racing Carpenter has suggested consideration be Goldikova finished third one length from with 11 Gr1s between 1000-1400m won in given to lowering the current 2kg weight Red Ran the winner. four states of Australia. All bar one of her advantage for fillies and mares to 1.5kg.Balletoman Gr1 wins have come in open sex races. Germany Danedream Although South Africa and New Zealand Breeding Lomitas x Danedrop (by Danehill) Eminent Do operate on the same 2kg allowance for fillies America Zenyatta Purchase Price 9 000 (2010 Baden Baden and mares under the weight for age scale Breeding Street Cry x Vertigineux (by Kris S) Hot To Trot Spring Horses in Training Sale) a reduction to 1.5kg will bring Australia Purchase Price US 60 000 (2005 Keeneland Race Record 14-6-0-4 2 866 486 in line with the allowance in Europe and September Yearling Sale) Sairaa Dom Trainer Peter Schiergen America. Race Record 20-19-1-0 US 7 304 580 Geisha Cos A winner of three consecutive open 2400m As we patriotically await the performances Trainer John Shirreffs Gr1 races in 2011 by a combined margin of of Australian-bred mares Black Caviar Although she missed retiring with a perfect Cry Gas 17 lengths culminating in the Prix de l Arc and Gr1 Alquoz Sprint winner Ortensia 20 for 20 record with a photo finish defeat de Triomphe. In the Arc win Danedream against the world at Royal Ascot later this Novalis G by Blame in the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic defeated Shareta and Snow Fairy in an month one thing in the high risk game of Zenyatta was a cult hero in America with her Tobias Danc extraordinary female trifecta. thoroughbred racing is certain. No one will last to first heroics. The California-trained Denotes horse retired from racing be discounting the girls. mare s best victory was arguably the 2009 Spicey G Breeders Cup Classic where she came from Flannel S a seemingly impossible position to win over Australian Racehorse of the Year Award since 2004 Gio Ponti. 13 of her 19 wins were at Grade Racing Horse Sex Age (at time Trainer Career Brocklebank I level. Season of award) Prizemoney Spice St 2010 11 Mare 4 Peter Moody 5 771 050 Black Caviar South Africa Igugu Breeding Galileo x Zarinia (by Intikhab) O The 2009 10 Mare 5 Peter Moody 2 438 600 Typhoon Tracy Purchase Price AU 65 000 (2009 Inglis Classica 2008 09 Gelding 5 Dan Morton 2 122 046 Scenic Blast Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale) and R1 000 000 (Emperor s Palace Ready to Run Garsta 2007 08 Gelding 3 Ross McDonald 3 096 400 Weekend Hussler Sale South Africa) 2006 07 Mare 6 Lee Freedman 2 848 991 Miss Andretti Pupil Na Race Record 12-10-2-0 R5 834 375 2005 06 Mare 7 Lee Freedman 14 526 685 Trainer Mike De Kock Makybe Diva Statemen With four Gr1 victories to her name thus 2004 05 Mare 6 Lee Freedman Makybe Diva far Igugu is the first filly to win South Emperor S Consolidato 26 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Magical Grandera D igned Strategic Image Roman Times Styx By Mee Velocitea Black Mail Spirit Of Tara Mo Cu asun Rosenstolz Jilliby Rebel Ndizani 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preceding 5-months there was plenty of speculation as to how the Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast would go particularly its broodmare sessions. he primary reasons for this were twofold money invested on breeding stock provides a solid clue as to how the next couple of years might stack up and additionally the sheer number of horses through the ring adds depth to the overall market trend line. As we head towards the 2012 breeding season the industry no doubt breathed a collective sigh of relief at the final outcome. Sure the market still shows plenty of softness at the bottom end what markets don t these days but the demand for quality stock was very solid allied to some encouraging increases in key indicators particularly the overall average from the 2 days which finished up almost 40% over the corresponding period in 2011. Here are the highlights and vital statistics MAGIC NATIONAL BROODMARE NUMBERS T MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-1 1.65M MELITO Coolmore Stud s Tom Magnier paid top price of 1.65 million for dual Gr1-winning triple Gr2-winning & 7-times Gr1-placed 5YO racemare Melito (Redoute s Choice-Cloister by Marauding) during the opening session at the 2-day Magic Millions National Select Broodmare Sale on the Queensland Gold Coast. Melito (consigned by Reavill Farm) was sold in-foal to Coolmore s former dual Australian Champion Sire Encosta de Lago & Magnier commented Obviously she is a serious mare. She s a lovely looking individual with a great pedigree. She had great speed & a great deal of quality & all of the lads were keen to buy her. Mares like her don t come up for sale very often & we re delighted to be able to buy her. She will be served this spring by (former Australian superstar & now 9-time Gr1winning 5YO entire) So You Think & I can t wait to see the resultant progeny. The price is the 4th highest paid in the history of the sale & the 2nd most expensive for a mare in-foal. On the track Melito (a 600 000 yearling consigned by Reavill Farm at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) recorded 5 wins (in 2011 s Gr2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill plus both 2010 s Gr1 Winter Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm & Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick as well as 2009 s Gr2 Furious Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 13 placings (including 28 Melito sold for 1.65 million The positive vibe around the complex suggests that the industry is on firm footing... Vin Cox Magic Millions MD 2011 s Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill & Gr1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill plus 2010 s Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm Gr1 Doomben 10 000 over 1350m at Doomben Gr1 BTC Cup 1200m at Doomben Gr1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill as well as 2009 s Gr1 Thousand Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m at Flemington Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill Gr2 Perfect Vision Ilasik Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Widden Stakes over 1100m at Randwick) from 26 starts (16 at Gr1 level) for 1 934 950 earnings. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-1 400K MORE VALOUR Coolmore Stud s Tom Magnier paid 400 000 for winning 5YO mare More Valour (More Than Ready-Valourina by Snippets) consigned by Tyreel Stud as agent for the Paul Fleming Dispersal. More Valour was sold infoal to Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-1 AVERAGE UP 29.7% Overall on Day-1 at the Magic Millions National Sale 144 lots sold for 8 078 750 (up 9.2% on last year s 171 sold for 7 397 350). The average of 56 102 was up 29.7% (last year 43 259) but the clearance rate fell to 68.3% (last year 76%). Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox summed up It was a very selective market today. Buyers were prepared to pay for the right product. The disappointing aspect to the sale was that some vendors haven t come to terms with the reality of the market. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-1 400K MISS KEEPSAKE Irish agent Dermot Farrington paid 400 000 for Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed NZ-bred 5YO mare Miss Keepsake (Keeper-Jacilo by Entrepreneur) consigned by Oxford Thoroughbreds. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM MY hORSE MY SALE MY chAMpION 2013 M AGI C MILLIONS 2013 MAJOR YEARLING SALES Gold Coast Yearling Sale 9-15 January Gold Coast Queensland Tasmanian Yearling Sale 14 February Launceston Tasmania Perth Yearling Sale 19-21 February Perth Western Australia Adelaide Yearling Sale 12-13 March Adelaide South Australia QTIS Yearling Sale 17-18 March Gold Coast Queensland Entries close Friday 3 August m agic millio ns insu ra nce only the bes t rates t 61 7 5 5041200 www. insurance.m agi cmi l li au FOr MOre INFOrMAtION Or COnTaCT PO Box 5246 GCMC Queensland 9726 T 61 7 5504 1200 F 61 7 5531 7082 E info GO TO MAGIC MILLIONS HeAd OFFICe Official Outfitter Official Wagering Partner MAGIC NATIONAL BROODMARE NUMBERS (cont) MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 1M HURTLE MYRTLE Former trainer turned bloodstock agent Bill Mitchell (acting for Segenhoe Stud) paid top price of 1 million for Gr1-winning & Gr1-placed 5YO mare Hurtle Myrtle (Dane Shadow-Ravenswood by Woodman) during the 2nd session at the 2-day Magic Millions National Select Broodmare Sale on the Queensland Gold Coast. Hurtle Myrtle (consigned by Kitchwin Hills as agent) boasts 4 wins (including 2011 s Gr1 Myer Classic over 1600m at Flemington Gr2 Patinack Farm Dane Ripper Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm & Gr2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Randwick) & 6 placings (including 2011 s Gr2 Premiere Stakes over 1200m at Randwick plus 2010 s Gr2 Surround Stakes over 1400m at Warwick Farm & 2009 s Gr1 Arrowfield Stud Flight Stakes over 1600m at Randwick Gr2 Furious Stakes over 1400m at Randwick Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Inglis Classic over 1200m at Randwick) from 22 starts for 773 700 earnings. Mitchell declared She s an outstanding looking mare who has loads of ability & we purchased her as a racing & breeding prospect. We ll see what she tells us as to whether she races on. We d be happy to race her for another season like we ve done with Sister Madly (who topped last year s sale at 1 million). We picked out about 4 or so high class mares & decided she was the one we d try to buy & we re delighted to have been able to get her. 1 million was paid for Hurtle Myrtle Melito will be served this spring by (10-time Gr1winning 5YO entire) So You Think... Tom Magnier MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 700K CHAMPAGNE HARMONY Agent Steve Brem paid 700 000 for Gr2winning 6YO mare Champagne Harmony (Choisir-Hansuyen by Zabeel) consigned by Yarraman Park Stud (as agent for Breeding Capital Australia) & sold in-foal to Vinery Stud s US Gr1-winning shuttler More Than Ready. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 420K IMPRESSIVE EAGLE Coolmore Stud s Tom Magnier also paid 420 000 for dual stakes-winning & Gr1placed 6YO mare Impressive Eagle (RubitonWedgetail Eagle by Lure) consigned by Widden Stud as agent & sold in-foal to Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 740K DEFIANT DAME Coolmore Stud s Tom Magnier paid 740 000 for stakes-winning 3YO filly Defiant Dame (More Than Ready-Marcovette by St Covet) consigned by Evergreen Stud Farm as agent. Defiant Dame was sold-in-foal (in her 1st season at stud) to Coolmore s multiple Gr1winning Australian-bred stallion & former Australian Champion 2nd-Season Sire Fastnet Rock & Magnier commented She is by More Than Ready & is in-foal to Fastnet Rock - she s an attractive package. As well she is a great looking mare & we re thrilled to have added her to the quality Coolmore broodmare band. She will be foaled-down & will return to Fastnet Rock this Spring - in fact you can say she will be married to him MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 450K BLISS STREET Bloodstock agent James Bester paid 450 000 for multiple Gr3-winning & multiple Gr2placed 3YO filly Bliss Street (Flying SpurJade Diva by Jade Robbery) consigned by Yarraman Park Stud as agent. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES FINAL AVERAGE UP 37.6% Overall during the 2 sessions at the Magic Millions National Select Broodmare Sale 299 lots sold for 19 855 250 (up 23.9% on last year s 332 sold for 16 025 350). The final average of 66 406 was up 37.6% (last year 48 269) & the final clearance rate was 74% (last year 76%). Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox summed up The positive vibe around the complex suggests that the industry is on firm footing. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 430K VINTEDGE Bloodstock agent James Bester also paid 430 000 for Gr2-winning 6YO mare Vintedge (Flying Spur-Alternative Edge by Rory s Jester) consigned by Robyn Wise as agent. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 710K DOWAGER QUEEN Gerry Harvey s Baramul Stud paid 710 000 for triple stakes-winning & triple Gr1-placed 3YO filly Dowager Queen (Savabeel-Dower by Pins) consigned by Kitchwin Hills as agent. Dowager Queen was sold with an entry in that week s Gr1 Queensland Oaks. 30 MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES DAY-2 420K SATIN ROBES Coolmore Stud s Tom Magnier paid 420 000 for stakes-winning & multiple Gr3-placed 8YO mare Satin Robes (Ne Coupez Pas-Spine Tingler by Keltrice) consigned by Eliza Park as agent & sold in-foal to Gr1-winning Eliza Park stallion Wanted. MAGIC MILLIONS SELECT MARES TOP BUYERS Tom Magnier 10 lots for 4 567 500 James Bester 6 lots for 1 730 000 Segenhoe Stud 2 lots for 1 130 000 Steve Brem 6 lots for 1 117 500 Belmont Bloodstock 21 lots for 1 076 500 Baramul Stud 9 lots for 1 073 000 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM s It k ac b ENETREN E P A LINIMENT 500mL 2L 200mL 5L A medicinal fluid rubbed into the skin to combat sprains strains and rheumatism. enetrating and absorbing P liniment with mild antiseptic qualities. elief of sprains strains and R rheumatism in horses. Can be used to help maintain and protect the animal s muscular system by applying both before and after training. nhances natural repair and E reduces internal scarring. timulates blood circulation to S muscles ligaments and tendons underlying the area of application. PENTRENE A LINIMENT IS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR NEAREST WHOLESALER info (02) 9517 1166 UPGRADE BREEDING WITH By Ross Brunt CHAOS THEORY B reeding from proven Thoroughbreds is a prime consideration for breeders and rightly so. However Thoroughbred breeding is a competitive and expensive game and at the lower end of the market smaller breeders with affordable but unproven stock may look to identify niche factors that can keep them closer to par with the leading studs. ELITE BREEDING THEORY The leading breeders can afford to acquire the best-performed bloodstock. This enables them to breed the best to the best. This is a form of pure breeding that increases the typepredictability of the offspring as these foals are produced from gene pools that are dominated by similar fast genes and characteristics . Taken a step further like-type parents with similar body types and traits can also be matched. This helps ensure that a majority of the proven traits are passed down with minimal change. Generally the sibling that most resembles its successful parent or parents is the one that is most likely to succeed. Of course this does not guarantee champions or even winners but does significantly increase the probability of obtaining good quality offspring. Smaller breeders may follow suit and often with lesser quality breeding stock attempt to match parents in so far as type and other characteristics go in a bid to obtain wellbalanced and good type-predictable foals. The problem for the smaller breeder using this methodology with a low budget is that their breeding stocks are likely to possess less natural galloping ability. This means the liketype traits that are being passed down have proven at best only moderately successful for the parents. For the offspring it may be fair to suggest that the inherited type or traits once again won t be successful. Therefore following the leading breeders with type-predictable foals may not always be the preferred option for the small breeder. In this article we shy away from like-type breeding to assess how alternative methods using chaos theory and its random effects and results may be used to upgrade unproven stock and thereby increase the odds of producing good class winners. Best To The Best Frankel x Black Caviar With chaos theory the further varied the initial components are (parents) the more varied and unpredictable the results will be (foals)... The word chaos in general usage relates to a state of confusion. However in a scientific context and as used in this article it takes new meaning within the term chaos theory . This refers to an apparent system without order that regardless follows specific laws or rules. This results in an inherent lack of predictability. When applied to Thoroughbred breeding the system without order refers to the apparent mismatch of the sire and dam and the law or rules refer to how in combination they must produce a pool of further varied genes that each foal draws from and how this ultimately provides foals with further unique gene sets and greater variation all being equal. Simply with chaos theory the further varied the initial components are (parents) the more varied and unpredictable the results will be (foals). Accordingly if the parents are opposing types the result will also be hard to forecast accurately. As an example with the breeding match of 14hh and 17hh horses over consecutive years the height of the foals can be expected to vary significantly on maturity. In contrast two 16hh parents will be likely to produce offspring consistently close to the 16hh mark. REDUCING OR INCREASING THE CHAOS FACTOR AND ABILITY Reducing the chaos factor effect means the breeder will be aiming or more likely to reproduce like-type predictable foals that realistically equal or repeat the success of their parents. Increasing the chaos factor effect means the breeder will be aiming or more likely to produce type-unpredictable foals that outperform the success of their parents. Increasing the chaos factor in theory results in a greater variation of the offspring s racing ability. Pending its use although it may produce a greater portion of outright failures it may also produce an improved portion of higher quality gallopers. Furthermore for the breeder a potential upside includes future foal sales as it s generally only the otherwise DEFINITION OF CHAOS THEORY Chaos Theory - noun a theory applied in various branches of science that apparently random phenomena have underlying order 32 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM the race that stops a nation TM 6 200 000 Emirates Melbourne Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (Group 1) 3200 Metres (152nd of Series) (No allowances for apprentices) Tuesday 6 November 2012 VRC4166 The Melbourne Cup Carnival 150th Melbourne Cup and VRC logos Melbourne Cup The Race That Stops a Nation and The Celebration That Stops a Nation are trade marks of Victoria Racing Club Limited. Copyright in the logos and other content on this advert is owned by Victoria Racing Club Limited or used under licence from third parties. All rights are reserved. Nomination 12 noon Tuesday 4 September Handicap of 6 000 000 & 200 000 trophies. 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Enquiries James Earls VRC Racing Manager ( 61 3) 8378 0720 or email j.earls Victoria Racing Club Limited (ACN 119 214 078) 448 Epsom Road Flemington VIC 3031 Australia Ph ( 61 3) 8378 0888 Fax ( 61 3) 8378 0855 UPGRADE BREEDING WITH CHAOS THEORY (cont) Fractal-like mathematical construct from the field of chaos theory The chaos factors suggested are predominately designed to counter the mare s weaknesses in a bid to produce a positive outcome... unproven mare that has produced a good class winner that is likely to produce foals considered of genuine value in the future. WITHIN REASON Some caution needs to be applied as Thoroughbreds tend to throw to the weakest breeding link especially in regard to racetrack ability. Increasing the chaos factor to the extreme may leave the offspring further prone to weakness as the gene pool contains a greater variation of traits and therefore potentially a greater number of potent weak links. Consequently chaos theory should not encourage breeders to match whatever is available at bargain prices or opposing poor types. Rather that breeders still pursue the best possible breeding prospects that their budget allows but if their priority is to produce higher quality racehorses consider it as a calculated way to roll the dice in the hope of further upgrading their breeding stock and being more competitive with breeders that generally have the pick of the stock. When applied in a reasonable and balanced manner this type of breeding may therefore ideally suit the small breeder aiming to produce good class winners 34 from moderate quality stock or by leading breeders with broodmares that they consider as borderline breeding propositions. There can be little doubt that chaos theory and its random effects have been responsible for a large number of high-class racehorses that have performed well beyond what their breeding would suggest. MARES LACKING TEXTBOOK BALANCE AND OR TYPECONSISTENCY The breeder chooses a stallion that will maintain the mare s strengths while upgrading its weaknesses. This can be achieved by selecting one of two types of stallions. The textbook stallion ensures the conformation basics of the good shoulder strong hind and reasonable height length ratio can only be an improvement on the mare s The type-consistent stallion ensures the conformation basics that are typical of its type (whether that be sprinter or stayer) can only be an improvement on the mare s Textbook balance refers to types with good shoulders and well-set withers even height length ratios and strong hindquarters etc. Both stayers and sprinters may have textbook balance. Type-consistency refers to types with typical traits such as the sprinter with a strong hind forward set wither deep girth and greater portions of fast twitch muscle fibres etc or a stayer with a well set wither shallower girth elongated limbs and greater portions of slow twitch muscle fibres etc. HOW TO USE CHAOS THEORY Below are a number of varied methods that can be used to introduce chaos factors with the purpose of upgrading broodmares from the lower end of the market with lowered risk. Significantly this allows the knowledgeable breeder a good degree of innovation in as far as the type of method used and its level of saturation. Although only one chaos factor may be chosen it stands to reason that the more factors and the greater the variations that are implemented the better the opportunity of a random result. 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As the stallion has proven successful regardless of its type this may suggest it is passing down positive traits outside of its bone structure such as quality muscle or a superior energy system. For the offspring this potentially adds natural ability that the mare lacks and prime moving levering strengths that the stallion lacks. This is a mildly aggressive match. Alternatively the breeder may wish to ensure the mare s bone levering strengths are not lost and send it to a similar textbook stallion. If desired chaos factors can still be implemented elsewhere through muscle type etc. involves mixing not only body types but also muscle fibre types. The overwhelming success of fast sprinters as stallions adds credibility to this theory. OTHER FACTORS To some extent random effects can be increased by combining racetrack ability contrasting racing styles track type condition preferences mentalities etc. CHAOS THEORY MATCHES TO REIN CLEAR OF Considering the varied and many options for introducing chaos theory with a little innovation and thought sacrificing obvious strengths or taking intrinsic risks may not be necessary. 1) Ability The breeder with an unproven mare sends it to a stallion of much higher ability. Breeding to a highly expensive stallion that totally outclasses the mare is not recommended as foals usually throw to the slowest parent regardless. This can be an expensive risk. 2) Inbreeding The breeder uses inbreeding to involve crossing quality horses or their relations close-up in a bid to saturate the gene pool with successful traits. Chaos theory provides the breeder the ideal opportunity to do away with inbreeding and install fresh blood into pedigrees via out-crossing. Under-performed parents are less likely to have inherited the desired traits of the quality horses and in MUSCLE TYPES The breeder chooses a stallion of varied muscle type to the mare. Sprinters possess greater portions of faster twitch muscle fibres and stayers greater portions of slower twitch muscle fibres. These muscle fibres have their own traits and characteristics. This is particularly useful for matching textbook types whose otherwise similar bone structure traits complement each other. THE POTENCY OF SPEED The breeder sends a staying mare lacking ability to a sprinting stallion with ability. This is supported by a popular and long-held theory that horses need to be bred to faster types otherwise the offspring risks becoming endurance oriented and dour. This usually 36 this instance it may be a pointless exercise as galloping ability traits are less likely to reappear once they have missed a generation. In addition the genetic relationship of inbreeding also increases the chances of the offspring suffering recessive or deleterious traits commonly referred to as inbreeding depression . 3) Breeding Between Serious Flaws The breeder sends the mare to a stallion with an opposing mutation in the hope of obtaining an ideal compromise result. An example of this is breeding a horse that is camped out behind with one that is camped under. These flaws are considered mutations by nature and there is every chance of reproducing either one flaw or the other instead of the desired compromise result as the genes that cause mutations don t mix and the flaw is either passed on or it s not. Likewise it s certainly unwise to match a stallion and mare with the same mutation as this multiplies the resultant foal s probabilities of inheriting the same. As the perfect breeding match does not exist random factors will influence all breeding results. Many factors outside of this article apply to breeding. Common sense will always be the overriding factor when designing any breeding program Ross Brunt Analyst of Racehorse Conformation & Biomechanics FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 2013 PATINACK FARM BLUE DIAMOND STAKES VICTORIA S PREMIER RACE FOR TWO-YEAR-OLDS Nomination of Yearlings ( 330) close 3pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012. 1MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY PLUS TROPHIES Nominations include bonus entry into the 250 000 Blue Sapphire to be run over the 2013 BMW CAULFIELD CUP CARNIVAL. 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A quick hunt around the internet finds several forum topics dedicated to the topic and some of the names that pop up include El Qahira Dr Grace Adraan Blues Traveller Alannon Lion Hunter Iglesia Shot of Thunder and Gold Brose. In order to figure out if this early death idea is or is not a myth first and foremost the context of what constitutes stallion success must be set. To do this Arion Pedigrees provided the data for all 206 stallions that went to stud in Australia and New Zealand in 1990 (first crop 1991). Of those 65 had more than 10 foals per crop. Of those qualifying stallions 25% left a higher stakes winners foals ratio than the average. If we set that as a baseline for success we d expect one in four sires to achieve the benchmark average or better. Arion Pedigrees then provided the data for all stallions standing in ANZ that had 4 crops or less. Between 1980 and 2009 there were 1 206 stallions that fit in this bracket however many of these only had a few foals. Of these 311 stallions had 10 or more foals per crop. Total Stallions Did not shuttle died young Shuttled still alive Shuttled died young 311 138 36 36 Dr Grace There are enough examples to make the early demise theory seem like it contains more than a grain of truth... realm. A dual Gr3 winning 2YO in France Adraan was a grey son of Zeddaan whose sire sons include Kalamoun (21 SW) and Nishapour (13 SW). Imported to Australia for the 1982 breeding season to stand at South Australia s Narrung Stud Adraan was at the time the second highest priced stallion prospect to arrive on Australian shores. According to stud master Les Irwin the deal was financed by Brian Maher who was convicted of tax evasion in the bottom of the harbor scheme only a couple of years later. Irwin recalls that Adraan was a magnificent type who could also really gallop. Irwin said It took a while to sell the syndicate shares in him because of the price but it only took people to look at him to see that it was worthwhile. He had the most amazing walk like a panther. The old saying that the horse could walk on eggs without breaking them applied to Adraan. He was athletic with a massive overreach. And his foals were equally as outstanding they all sold well to good trainers and had his style and charisma. Unfortunately he suffered from a locked patella ligament which required surgery. He didn t recover well from the surgery and was sent to Sydney University for further treatment and never came back. The necropsy (horse autopsy) didn t find a clear cause of death so it remains a bit of a mystery but most likely he just didn t cope with the surgery travel and subsequent treatments. Adraan s only crop included 3 stakeswinning 2YOs and Irwin said that he remembers that Adraan had 3 runners in the 1986 Golden Slipper (Bataan Khaptivaan Magic Flute). He was a top 2YO himself so it was not much of a surprise. Irwin comments It was a wonderful pleasure to work with Adraan. It was not so much that he was special but that he was an extension of all that we had been achieving at Narrung from selling Taj Rossi and several other Oaks and Derby winners but Adraan s only crop really made people take notice of us. All up 22 of his 27 foals made it to the races and 20 won (15 in the city). An amazing 26% were stakes winners (7 individuals) headed by Gr1 winner Magic Flute. Four of his sons went to stud but unfortunately none had his siring ability. Next best on the list is Golden Slipper winner Star Watch (by Bletchingly). In true Slipper tradition Star Watch was an exceptional sire his two crops yielded 8% SW foals or 10 stakes winners from 126 foals. His name lives on through his Blue Diamond Gr1 winning son Hurricane Sky (sire of 19 SW) and he also left triple Gr1 winner Star Dancer and Queensland Derby winner Tenor. Adraan and Star Watch are the headline acts of the 54 successful early demise stallions but there are several others worthy of a mention those that left Gr1 winners. Looking through the numbers it is apparent that many of these horses were also underrated when they were alive. Just to continue the myth an article about Just Awesome contains the phrase as so often happens the stallion became a posthumous sensation . Apparently he was accidentally 39 This leaves only 174 stallions that died early and left 10 or more foals per crop. Stallions Total Foals Average Foals per sire Total SW Average Crops 174 12 700 73 196 2.7 ADRAAN (77c Le Haar Palestine). 6 wins-3 at 2-at 1000m 1600m Chantilly Prix de Gros-Chene Gr.3 Prix d Arenberg Gr.3 Longchamp Prix de Saint-Georges Gr.3 Prix du Bois L 3d Hollywood Inglewood H. L 4th Prix de l Abbaye de Longchamp Gr.1. Using the averages of the 1991 group of sires we d expect 25% (or one in four) to achieve a SW foals ratio of 2% or better. Of the 174 sires that died young 54 achieved this benchmark ratio or better. That is 31% of the sample were average sires or better (nearly one in three). The 1991 crop of sires included one champion (Danehill) in the 206 sires represented. Our set of early demise sires also included one horse that had figures in the champion FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG (cont) half-gelded during his racing career the vet being halted halfway through the gelding operation when it was discovered that he was operating on the wrong horse Just Awesome was left a rig and continued to race. He ended up with 3 wins from 30 starts over 4 seasons his best being the Listed STC Concorde Stakes. Luckily the botched operation didn t affect his fertility although it did affect his value. The owners and the vet came to an out of court settlement and Just Awesome found a home in Queensland at Glen Avon Stud. He stood for just 3 300 with many breeders worried about his fertility. His 2 crops yielded 97 live foals 6 stakes-winners and the NZ Railway Handicap Gr1 winner Sound the Alarm. Retired from racing on the same day as Just Awesome and dying only a week later than him was Brave Warrior. His two crops consisted of 118 foals of which 7 won stakes races headlined by Show a Heart. Show a Heart won 4 Gr1 races and has been a solid performing sire for Queensland with 17 stakes-winners including Gr1 winners Toorak Toff (who retires to stud this season) Heart of Dreams and Woorim. Brave Warrior stood for 5 500 and was a 1 million-earning Gr2 winner. Toorak Toff may yet prove to be the horse that continues on for Brave Warrior. A son of Sir Tristram Dr Grace was a tough campaigner who had 57 starts winning 12 of them and nearly 3 million. His race record was highlighted by wins in the AJC Derby Chipping Norton Underwood and BMW Stakes. He had only 3 crops at Woodlands before dying in a paddock accident. Fairly popular he left 187 live foals and 11 stakeswinners. His best were Gr1 winners Referral Crawl and Over. Over is best known for having downed Sunline in the Doncaster and he is doing an okay job at stud with 3 stakes-winners from his 275 foals. At this stage he is yet to leave something that looks like continuing the line for Dr Grace. Gr1 winner Riva San (by Any Given Sunday) Weirdly just 3 days after Brave Warrior died and a week after Just Awesome Queensland lost another good sire prematurely. Standing for 10 000 in 1997 St Covet was a dual Gr1 winner the AJC Sires Produce at 2 and the Caulfield Guineas at 3 and served for only 3 seasons. His 178 foals included 10 stakeswinners headlined by Hong Kong s champion sprinter All Thrills Too. Any Given Sunday has certainly exceeded all expectations. He was an unraced son of Sunday Silence that stood for 3 850 in his only season (2003). Shunned by breeders he only managed to have 18 foals but 14 have raced 11 have won and his best is Queensland Oaks Derby double winner Riva San. Obscure NZ-based stallion Fan Letter was a minor winning son of Secretariat from a fabulous family. He had 3 crops only 39 foals Between 1980 and 2009 there were 1 206 stallions that had 4 crops or less... and just 2 stakes-winners but he makes this list because of this percentages and his sole Gr1 winner Just Tommy who won the Wellington Gr1 Thorndon Mile. Danehill s son Danetime died from an internal injury before anyone knew just what an outstanding stallion he was. He shuttled from Ireland and left 2 Gr1 winners while at Tally-Ho Stud both of which are at stud in Australia (Myboycharlie and Bushranger). His four WA crops resulted in 232 foals and 10 stakes-winners with Gr1 Kingston Town Classic winner Megatic the best of them. In Bushranger s promotional material is the statement from Tony Morris Danetime s early demise was a significant loss. He possessed the valuable gift of upgrading his mares. Mr Illusion remains the only NZ-trained and owned horse to win the Oakleigh Plate in the last 30 years. Trained by Bruce Marsh and part owned by Peter McKenzie whose son Bret is best known as half of the comic duo Flight of the Conchords Mr Illusion stood at McKenzie s Galaxy Farm in Ohau New Zealand. McKenzie calls Mr Illusion a life changing horse I probably wouldn t be as involved in the industry as I am without him . Bred by McKenzie s friend Jim Norman McKenzie tells B&R Mr Illusion s mother was a very good mare An Illusion who won the Gr1 George Adams S. Over dinner we were discussing her and decided that she should be sent to the very best stallion in the country. At the time that was Sovereign Edition who stood for about 6 000. 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Jim sent him to the yearling sales with no reserve and I bought him for 10 000 but Jim decided that wasn t enough so kept him and sold him to a bunch of other people. When one of them had to sell their share I bought back into him for a hell of a lot more than I initially paid with the intention of sending him to New York. In the end he stayed racing in Australia and NZ but later we shuttled him to Montana in partnership. His first crop over there resulted in no foals as all the mares on the farm contracted a virus that meant they all aborted. He went back for another season but had only a few foals. He was probably the first horse to shuttle out of NZ it was a wonderful time of my life Mr Illusion was a very smart horse who played tricks on his strappers and was for a while the world record holder over 1 000m when he ran 54.91 at Riccaton. Mr Illusion s four NZ crops resulted in 120 foals of which 5 won stakes races including Gr1 winner Unspoken Word (VRC Gadsden S). McKenzie recalls I bought the farm in order to give him somewhere to stand then (now defunct) Clearwood leased him after his third season. While there he got a minor leg infection which was left too long without treatment and Mr Illusion died from a heart valve infection. To say that it was disappointing is the understatement of the century 42 Perhaps these stallions just show that it s better to burn out than to fade away ... By Bluebird and a dual Gr2 winner in America Blues Traveller shuttled between NZ and Ireland s Tally-Ho Stud between 1995 and 2000 having 4 crops in each country before dying overseas. He was much better in the southern hemisphere with 7 of his 8 stakes-winners coming from his time at the now defunct Ashwell Park Stud in NZ. Blues Traveller stood for 8 000 and left 2 Gr1 winners both in Australia. Giovana won the Queensland Oaks (and 3 other Gr1s in NZ) and The A Train won the Adelaide Cup. One of his Irish foals has gone to stud in Turkey but hasn t produced anything of note. Last but not least of the stallions that managed a SW foals ratio greater than 3% is Average Game. Purchased as a yearling by Cliff Brown the son of Century won the Gr3 Debutante Stakes at 2 and was retired without a home. Brown says We didn t know what to do with him so we ended up using him on some of our own mares. The next year we leased him out to Dibden Park Stud in South Australia. Average Game ended up with 6 foals from that first crop headed by Gr1 SA Derby winner Cheviot. At his new home Average Game lived for 3 seasons producing a further 54 foals and another Gr1 winner in Tarnpir Lane (Rosehill Guineas). Tarnpir Lane hasn t set the world on fire at stud he is yet to leave a stakes winner from 137 foals. The premise of this article is based around that oft-stated observation about a stallion becoming a success after they die. Of course it is entirely illogical that death creates success. A stallion is going to be as good as he is regardless of whether he sadly dies young or lives to a ripe old age. His progeny are unaware of him and will be what they will. Logic aside there does appear to be some statistical bias towards these early demise sires with one third of them being successful compared to one quarter of our sample crop. There are two logical possibilities for this result. 1. Our sample crop may be unrepresentative of the whole population for some unknown reason containing more failures than normal. Or most likely 2. Most stallion s best crops are their first few and since the early demise stallions only had a few crops then they weren t around long enough for their overall figures to fall with time and align with the sample crop. Perhaps these stallions just show that it s better to burn out than to fade away as the Neil Young Crazy Horse song Hey Hey My My says. But then the lyrics also say once you re gone you can t come back . Indeed. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM To view the New Evolution Equine Aquatrainer email info EUROPE S With Europe s economy facing unprecedented challenges correspondent John Gilmore looks at demographic shifts and changing sale patterns. tough economic environment in Europe has added to the pressures for owners to affect a quicker return on their equine investments. This has proved an underlying factor in the growing popularity of 2YO sales whose graduates are ready-made young racehorses. Buying a ready to run two-year-old at a breeze up sale gives the buyer the added advantage over a foal or yearling sale insofar as being able to watch the horse perform on a racecourse before deciding whether to buy or not. It has also created a lucrative market for pinhookers buying foals or yearlings with the express purpose of selling on at a later sale. Pinhookers are active at the auctions in the United States and in Great Britain where Tattersalls and DBS are key auctioneers likewise in Ireland where Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland operate. At Tattersalls Newmarket-based prestigious Craven Breeze Up sale held April 17-19 earlier this year pinhooking was seen to particularly good effect when John Ferguson (on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed) paid 500 000 gns for a colt by his young sire Shamardal out of the Swain mare Baloura. The colt was offered by the Irish Tally Ho Stud pinhooker Roger O Callaghan who paid just 53 000 gns for the foal at the Tattersalls December 2010 foal sales. Amazingly when O Callaghan presented the colt as a yearling last year he struggled to get any bid and ended up buying him back. The price exceeded our expectations we had been expecting around 100-150 000 gns - he is clearly our biggest ever sale said O Callaghan. Shamardal whose offspring include Patinack Farm s high-class shuttler Lope De Vega was also responsible for the top priced filly of the sale out of the Sri Pekan mare Bella Bella knocked down to Richard Craven Breeze Up Sale Past Six Years Catalogued Sold Aggregate Average Median EBBS & FLOWS Pinhook graduate Dream Ahead A The allure of owning a champion racehorse continues to power the industry proving that dreams ultimately trump fiscal logic... Frisby for 360 000 gns. Among the better known pinhookers is Tally Ho Stud who provided Breeding&Racing with an insight into how they operate Our family are horse traders we only buy foals and yearlings to resell commented Anne O Callaghan mother of Roger O Callaghan. We have an open mind and gut feeling about what to buy and the price to pay. In this business you have your ups and downs but you have to try and be ahead of the game. It s a bit like the stock market sometimes you have to take a loss and be patient but overall you have to make a profit to stay in business. We visit all the main sales in the States and Europe and if we don t manage to eventually sell a horse we put it into training. Among Tally Ho s success stories is 2012 Emirates Park freshman sire Dream Ahead. On the track Dream Ahead a son of Diktat - was a 5 time Gr1 winner including the Prix Morny at Deauville in 2010 and the Prix de La Foret at Longchamp last October when defeating Goldikova. Purchased as a yearling at Keeneland s September 2009 sale by agent Frederico Barberini for 11 000 the colt was sent to Tally Ho Stud and presented by them at the following April s Doncaster Breeze Up sales. Sold on to Blandford Bloodstock for 36 000 - on behalf of owner Khalifa Dasmal the colt was subsequently put into training with David Simcock at Newmarket before turning into an outstanding galloper. 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The downturn in the market resulted in the breeze up vendors generally spending less on their yearlings with the market growing easier to buy in which naturally led to lower prices at the breeze up sales. Singh notes Prices at the Craven Breeze Up Sale are down on their peak in 2008 but higher than they were in 2007 and this year returned the highest turnover since 2008 . Bloodstock agent Crispin De Moubray sighted low returns in English races as a major attraction in buying a ready-made two-year-old at a breeze-up sale Training fees and a lack of prize money in Great Britain is why there is an emphasis on two-year-old races and the staying divisions are weaker and weaker as a result... A key problem facing both Great Britain and more so Ireland in the past few years has been dealing with the aftermath concerning overproduction of foals a situation encouraged by years of previously rising prices at the sales. This couldn t continue - reaching a climax in 2007 and 2008 and resulted in a major correction of reduced foal numbers coupled with lower prices. The market dropped significantly in this 46 Foals Born in Great Britain & Ireland Past 5 years Country Great Britain Ireland 2007 5 839 12 633 2008 5 920 12 419 2009 5 595 10 167 2010 4 665 7 588 2011 4 632 7 550 Yearling Sale Stats for Goffs & Tattersalls in guineas for 2007 2009 & 2011 Tattersalls England Year Lots Aggregate Average Goffs Ireland Year Lots Aggregate Average 2007 2009 2011 1 621 1 545 1 382 99 663 400 80 304 300 82 369 040 61 483 51 977 56 601 2007 2009 2011 1 151 676 653 40 357 720 23 710 586 19 738 463 35 063 35 075 30 227 period but the correction was affected by the worldwide economic downturn at this time notes Joey Cullen marketing director at Goffs in Ireland. A by-product of the downturn was the fall in the foal crop as the market reacted to the reduced demand caused by the global recession. But the bloodstock business still remains a global market place - especially at the top end. Goffs welcomed buyers from 24 countries last year and our top price - the three-year-old Banimpire filly by Holy Roman Empire was sold to Martin Schwartz in the U.S. for 2.3m euros... Top foals were also sold to buyers from Hong Kong U.S.A. and Turkey although two of them have remained in Ireland. Goffs helped the situation internally by implementing cost cutting methods reducing the number of sales days and focusing on relative quality at all levels of the market. Meanwhile Tattersalls Singh claims other factors also came into play observing Unfortunately the breeding industry has a three year time lag in how quickly it can react to a downturn like we had. When the crunch came production levels were at an absolute peak and there was a large oversupply of yearlings on offer - which naturally led to a downturn in prices especially at the lower end of the market. Mares had already been bred that season and so it was only two-and-a-half years later that those yearlings went to market... well after the downturn took place. Last year was the first offering of yearlings after a much smaller foal crop and with supply and demand closer to being equal the market saw a significant upturn especially the top end of the Book 1 and 2 Tattersalls October yearling sale. The small and large breeder took non-commercial mares out of production which also had a great impact in this process. Singh does not share the view the market had been overpriced or that the 2008-2010 fall was the resulting consequence. Not at all he responded. It s not accurate to FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Inspired by the dominance of Athlete Plus on the track... 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This season the quality of the Tattersalls Book 1 sale in October 2010 has been seen to good effect with four former graduates tasting Gr1 Classic success this season. Was became the latest Classic success for his sire Galileo out of the mare Alluring Park when triumphant in the English Oaks at just her third race start. The filly bred by Lodge Park Stud in Ireland fetched 1.2m gns the highest annual price for a yearling in 2010 when bought by Coolmore. Likewise Camelot sired by Montjeu out of Tarfah was another bought by Coolmore for 525 000 gns to date winning both the English 2000 Guineas and English Derby. Power (by Oasis Dream out of Frappe) took the Irish 2000 Guineas having been sold privately to Coolmore after being bought back for 50 000 gns by the vendor as a yearling and Samitar (by Rock of Gibraltar out of Aileans Gift) captured the Irish 1000 guineas having been sold at the sales for 39 000 gns and recently purchased by the American owner Martin Schwartz. Time will tell whether last season s October Book 1 yearlings can better the efforts of 2010 s graduates. Among the top two prices were 1.7m gns for a Galileo filly out of the mare Brigid - bought by agent Charlie Gordon Watson on behalf of Kazakhstani owner Mirton Bizakov. This figure topped both sides of the Atlantic for 2011 - proved to be the highest price paid for a 2011 yearling filly in Europe and the States and topped the 1.7m euros paid by Australian Paul Fudge s Waratah Thoroughbreds for a Galileo filly (out of Sanjida) in the second session of the August Deauville sales. Cullen claims that offering consistent quality is a key aspect of Goffs strategy. Goffs has maintained a consistent strong message which focuses on quality at every sale said Joey Cullen. Sea The Stars by Cape Cross (a Darley stallion) out of Urban Sea (a Coolmore mare) won the Arc De Triomphe in 2009 plus five other Gr1 races in his two year racing career. He sired the highest priced European foals last year when one of his progeny sold for j850 000 and two others for j800 000 at Goffs. This is a classic example of the market speaking and it is a fact that 48 Camelot 2010 Tattersalls yearling Statistics show only between 60-65% of all yearlings will ever reach the race-track... the market is the final arbiter on all such pricings. Sea The Stars has a potential stud career of more than 100 million through annual mare visits averaging 100 a year should his early progeny manage to produce a few horses anywhere near his quality. History shows this is a tough assignment however with his pedigree and race class who knows... The day of private breeders is something that doesn t happen much anymore observes Jason Singh. In the past stallion owners may have used just their stallions for their own mares but now they are large commercial organisations who compete very rigorously with each other. Actually it is competition especially with Coolmore and Darley that has seen smaller studs finding it increasingly difficult to compete in standing stallions. The problem facing the commercial breeder - especially at the top end is a large number of owner-breeders are not interested in turning a profit but simply want to breed their mare to the best available regardless of the cost. This skews the market especially for the best stallions. But no one has to breed their mares to these stallions there is plenty of choice and value that can be achieved as has been seen with Acclamation and Invincible Spirit who both began their stallion careers at around j10 000. Even Galileo who now stands at more than j300 000 started life at stud for around j35 000. It also has to be remembered that the overall stallions standing in Europe at the moment are the best there have been for several decades. This may be so but undoubtedly the commercialisation of the breeding industry on a global basis in the past 20 years allied to the formation of syndicated stallions for breeding has led to a tendency of quick results from top stallions and over-booking to maximise profits. This includes in some cases split stud duties for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons. Today a top stallion could receive up to 200 mares a year when 20 years ago 40 or 50 was considered the norm. Perhaps for the small owner with a bit of spare money racing is looked at in a different way the element of chance attached to finding a winner means every owner can afford to dream. You cannot have several horses in training without being pretty wealthy comments de Moubray. Racing is for most people a hobby and they do not calculate expenditure in a business-like fashion and do not demand that it be logical . 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For further information freecall 1300 783 444 or visit our website IronGate ONE DAY IN BANGKOK Correspondent Jason Gregory ventured to Patumwan Racecourse in Bangkok and discovered horse racing that was well different. housands of punters click pens open and closed open and closed and stamp cigarettes out in a cement-block grandstand that is surrounded by barbed wire and littered with hundreds of empty water bottles. Despite sweating through a sweltering muggy almost debilitating afternoon most have an old clunky heavy set of hired binoculars dangling around their necks. Each pair of hands are filled with a combination of the pen smoke water bottle a form guide dog-eared from constant use and fanning bundles of Baht deep bowls of gluttonous amounts of spicy hot curry and a can of beer that is thankfully very cheap and very cold. Their chatter sounds like a million bees are permanently hovering over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club s (RBSC) Patumwan Racecourse. Welcome to a day at the races Thai-style. A day of nervous energy colour noise and movement and one no attendee will soon forget. Horse racing began in Thailand over 100 years ago when King Rama the Fifth bestowed land for the first racecourse which became the RBSC. The King as it goes fell in love with T the sport on a visit to England and his idea was to try to develop a racing and breeding industry while providing locals and expatriates with a sporting outlet. The locals fell in love with it as with all other gambling outlawed in Thailand the twice-monthly meetings which alternate between the RBSC and its cross-town rival the Royal Turf Club of Thailand (RTC) provide punters with their only chances to punt. As anywhere some racegoers see the day as a money-making opportunity while most view it as an excuse to sit around eat and drink beer. Likewise the thoroughbred industry itself is not geared to create millionaires as 214 owners of the almost 1 000 horses in training at any one time 300 registered trainers and 350 registered jockeys must share what are small stakes. The RBSC itself which occupies a prime spot on Henri Dunant Road is a prestigious private club that throws its doors open for the general public only on race days. Members of course have their own private grandstand on race day but who cares all the fun for the tourist is in the public areas. And the action begins outside the course with the footpath lined with food and knick- knack stands where you watch members arrive on the back of mopeds horses arrive in open-air trailers which provide all the protection of a hammock and punters arrive in droves. It also must be remembered that outside is the only place where you can purchase what turn out to be - the near-useless English version of the Star Track form guide and the only place where binoculars can be hired (but ensure you get the local rate and not the tourist rate). And as collared shirts are compulsory you can also hire these before paying the 100 Baht to enter. Walking into the course and passing through the concrete and fencing is like entering a medium-security prison and as you walk up into the grandstand proper you are swallowed by masses of people most wearing the punter s grimace buzzing this way and that. The second race is due and we fork over the minimum 50 Baht bet on a 10-1 shot and head into the stands. The near-naked cameraman smoking in a cage hovering 50-metres above the home straight immediately catches the eye. As does the 18-hole golf course and driving range in 50 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM If a race favourite hits the front at any point of the straight they will chant its name in unison... mute as the caller then as we eventually worked out counts from 10 to one. Once that number is reached the gates crash back and the caller s voice immediately goes from sing-song to a near-hysterical pitch incredibly it is then drowned out by the mighty crowd which has risen to its feet and erupted into a deafening lung-busting roar which is sustained from pillar to post. If a race favourite hits the front at any point of the straight they will chant its name in unison - as if the King himself was aboard. Almost immediately after the horses pass the post an eerie silence falls over the track. It seems the overly male dominated-crowd has stopped as one to take a much-needed deep breath before long that low constant drone again echoes through the stands. The ritual is replayed each and every time. It takes a few races to begin to understand the form guide a couple more to realise you still cannot read it that there are a lot of slow horses in Thailand that tend to drop out at the home turn that the real money goes on real late that it usually will be plunged on one of the first three favourites and that one of the those three win nearly all the races. But it is generally easy to place a bet understand the odds and most importantly work out where to buy the water the beer and the curry. As the day wears on and the heat and beers and chilies begin to get the better of a person and the camera man s shaky race replays become harder to watch we decide it is time to leave. Before that day at the races an Australian ex-pat was relieved to hear we were attending the Sport s Club which is a much more modern Western type event than the Turf Club which he described as akin to attending a harness racing meeting in New South Wales in the 1970s. Strange days that is precisely how I would describe a day at the RBSC. BREEDING AND RACING- PROOF 2 the middle of the track. The race runs late and by the way they never ever run on the advertised time. And then even catching the action is a challenge like nearly everything else at this day at the races for the uninitiated. The main reason is that almost as soon as one race ends horses are brought on to the track for the next. The barrier attendants trick the tourists by beginning to load the steeds up to 20 minutes before race time and there they stand. Suddenly for seemingly no reason other than the race has to be run at some point the on-course race caller shouts something in Thai and the crowd immediately becomes Equissage is proud to support Black Caviar and the Peter Moody Racing Team with their English campaign. Equissage custom made its renowned multi-unit Equine Physiotherapy System especially for the champion mare Black Caviar. She enjoys her Equissage sessions and how it helps improve Performance Maintain Peak Condition and greatly assist in rehabilitation of injuries. IMPROVE YOUR HORSE S HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE WITH EQUISSAGE FOR YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION 1800 178 528 EQUINE THERAPY HAS FOUND A NEW PROVING GROUND FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 51 HOW GREEN WAS THEIR VALLEY n 1804 William Blake released a short preface to Milton A Poem. The opening includes the following two lines And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England s mountains green Blake was scarcely thinking of New Zealand when he put quill to paper however it was hard not to muse on his text during a recent trip to Cambridge and Matamata in NZ s Waikato district. Whether further south where the Kaimai mountain range broods sentry-like over the surrounding farmland or closer to Cambridge where Lake Karapiro wends its way through splendidly carpeted green countryside there is an all-pervasive inescapable genteel Englishness. This was further reinforced when stopping to ask an officer in a local patrol car for directions and coming face to face with a copper from the Old Dart. Spoiled with the luxury of test-driving a Mercedes CL 500 for the duration of our stud farm sojourn evenings were spent in the 5-star Lake Karapiro Lodge an Edwardian mansion perched above the inky-black waterway and overlooking Mt Maungatautari. Hosts Ed and Ann Rompelberg proved to be the antithesis of what one might encounter at many corporate hotels welcoming us with 52 By Gary Knowles I a short tour of their beautifully handcrafted abode. This included the vast and aptly named Sir Tristram Room where Sir Patrick Hogan s foundation stallion overlooks proceedings courtesy of fine artwork. LKL as this property is referred to in shorthand has several standout features for any guest (well three if one includes the sherry). Firstly it has taken no short cuts with are served. Surrounded by deep-wooded furniture fine china and sterling silver one cannot but help enjoy the personalized service of this Kiwi duo each with a migrant story of their own. Fresh juice fine coffees and a smorgasbord of fruits are complemented by eggs done just-as- you-like with an array of accompaniments for the morish toast. After two nights sipping plumy Pinots [This includes the] Sir Tristram Room where Sir Patrick Hogan s foundation stallion overlooks proceedings courtesy of fine equine artwork... its bathrooms each beautifully appointed and designed with genuine luxury in mind. As always it s the little touches that make a world of difference however my own clumsy touches in a space-age shower found the cubicle closed with water jets shooting fountains at the door. That would have been marvelously relaxing except I was marooned on the outside. Perhaps when our hosts read this they ll finally understand why the bath mat appeared to have been put through a rinse cycle. The second major attribute of LKL is its dining room where bountiful breakfasts beneath crisp star-lit evenings Lake Karapiro s misty mornings and two cows in an adjoining paddock felt somehow comfortingly like home even the allure of an Emirates A380 for our return trip seemed little motivation to leave. Lake Karapiro Lodge contact information and location Ed & Ann Rompelberg reservations Phone 64 7 823 7414 Fax 64 7 823 7219 1829F State Highway 1 RD1 Tirau ZIP 3484 New Zealand FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM taree 6 6 11 9 25 AM Page 1 TAREE-WINGHAM TAREE-WINGHAM RACE CLUB RACE CLUB XXXXGOLD TAREE-GOLD CUP TAREE MOTORAMA XXXXGOLD XXXXGOLD TAREE GOLD CUP TAREE GOLD CUP PRIZEMONEY FOR THE CUP 60 000 2 500 TROPHIES PRIZEMONEY FOR THE CUP 60 000 2 500 TROPHIES PRIZEMONEY FOR THE CUPFRIDAY AUGUST 19th 2012 60 000 2 500 TROPHIES Monday 6th august 2011 FRIDAY AUGUST 19th 2011 will feature Guest Race callers. Prelude Meeting. Tuncurry Bowling Club Taree Cup will feature Guest Race callers. Friday SUNDAY 17th august 2012 FRIDAY AUGUST 19th 2011 SUNDAY AUGUST 21st 2011 Guest RaceAUGUST 21st 2011 Day. run featureCallersunder Quality conditions. will over 2000m under Quality conditions. Guest run over 2000m Race callers. 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Of course all breeders would like to think they can pick the next big thing and for those who do pay day is just around the corner. It s a discerning market and breeders need to do their sums carefully and while price is a delicate consideration when setting a freshman s fee commercial viability should be the weighing factor for breeders. But it also comes down to pedigree performance conformation and type and most people in the know will tell you that consistently the best racehorses make the best sires. At last count 31 freshman sires had joined the ranks for this year s breeding season and FOCUS FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Despite not having as much choice as a few years ago Merissa Borg finds the 2012 freshman sire line-up offers breeders some really exciting stud prospects. their stallion or breed their mare it has also meant a significant market correction in terms of quality. It s a case of get big or get out and the same can be said for the overall working stallion population with the number of stallions standing in Australia declining significantly from numbers well over 1 200 to currently under 200 serious sires over the last 20 years. With the rise in quality there continues to be an upward trend in service fees and a decline in the bottom end or arguably noncommercial part of the market. In 2007 the average service fee for a freshman stallion was just over 6 500. This has risen steadily over the past five years in 2011 it was 9 700 and this year it has cracked the 10 000 mark at an astonishing 13 995. That s a telltale sign of the market correction and the fact that breeders will soon reap the reward. while it s still early in the piece it is worth noting that the freshman stallion numbers have continued to decline since the post-GFC period from 2008. In 2007 the freshman intake was double that amount with 64 stallions Most people in the know will tell you that consistently the best racehorses make the best sires... making the line-up while by 2011 this had scaled back considerably to just 42. While the GFC has for the most part dictated for many breeders whether to stand 54 VIEW RACE Big Brown Congrats Dubleo Excites More Than Ready Mossman Myboycharlie Onemorenomore Pluck Testa Rossa PLUCK More Than Ready Secret Heart (By Fort Wood) NEW FOR 2012 BREEDERS CUP JUVENILE WINNER 02 6543 8333 Call Adam White Conor Phelan or Peter Orton Brilliant last to first performance in the Breeders Cup Turf Juvenile. Multiple Stakes winning son of More Than Ready A Champion sire in both hemispheres. First three dams are all stakes winning mares and dams of 21 winners from 23 runners including 3 Group 1 winners and a Horse of the Year. 11 000 Inc. GST All Vinery stallions carry a transferable free return if your mare fails to deliver a live foal (conditions apply). Payment is not due until June 15 2013. FRESH FORM FOCUS (cont) Smart Missile s book filled quickly The number of stallions standing in the 20 000 and over category has remained relatively constant over the past 5 years but it s the competitive 10 000 - 20 000 category that continues to grow. In 2012 10 freshman will stand in this fee category rising from 9 in 2011 and up from 4 in 2010. In percentage terms 18% of all freshman stallions in 2010 were standing at a fee of 10 000 or over. In 2011 this had almost doubled to a level of 30%. In 2012 it s risen even further to a whopping 39% of the market. The under 10 000 category still represents good value for breeders and there are arguably potential commercial prospects even at this end of the scale. There will be 15 stallions standing in this category which represents almost half the market. Surprisingly this is actually down on previous years. In 2011 30 of the 42 freshman sires stood for a fee of 10 000 and under while in 2010 30 out of 48 were in this category. In terms of a state-by-state comparison it s no surprise that over half of the untried stallions will stand in NSW while 26% will stand in Victoria. While Victoria s share is slightly up this year from 23% in 2011 market share has hovered around this level between the two states consistently. In the north Queensland has four freshman prospects on offer to mare owners no doubt helped along by the inception of Queensland divisions of both Patinack Farm and Eliza Park. It s also interesting to note that while Western Australia has seen an increase in freshman sire representation in recent years at this stage 2012 shows only one sire in this category for the state back down to immediate post GFC levels. In 2011 it was up to almost 12%. As has been the trend in recent years the scales of international and colonial 56 In 2007 the freshman intake was double that [of 2012] with 64 stallions making the line-up... bloodlines are well balanced with 11 internationals versus 20 Australian bred on offer which will once again have breeders spoilt for choice. There are also more than a few who have achieved at the highest level on more than one continent adding significant weight to the international flavour. One of those is the media hogging So You Think who stole hearts with his dual Cox Plate victories only to leave our shores and further add to his stately curriculum vitae. Not since the likes of perhaps Haradasun (2008) or Sebring (2009) has a stallion been so anticipated in Australia. The highest rated son of High Chaparral and dual Champion across two continents will be well supported at stud and no doubt successful. With ten Gr1 wins spanning three countries his fee of 66 000 is well deserved. To put this in perspective it is worth noting that in recent years Medaglia D Oro stood his first season at stud for a fee of 88 000 while Haradasun stood at 55 000. Speaking of champion racehorses this year s freshman line-up has eight for breeders to choose from including the aforementioned. They are Zoffany Musir Uncle Mo Dream Ahead Gio Ponti Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin. What s also exciting is that more than half of the freshman sire line-up this year are Gr1winners. Among them is Foxwedge who will stand his first season at Newgate Farm for a fee of 33 000. A 2-time winner at two he trained on to take out the Gr1 MVRC William Reid Stakes over 1200m Gr3 San Domenico Stakes and Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes. He also showed outstanding performances as runnerup in the Gr1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes and third in the Gr1 VRC Newmarket Hcp. This top-notch sprinter is the highest rated son of Fastnet Rock (who has 33 stakes-winners to date) and is rated higher than Fastnet Rock was in his own career. His stakes-placed dam Forest Native has been a consistent producer as has her stakes-winning dam who is a halfsister or better to Group-performers Count the Time Overbrook and Timebank. What s more he sold for 925 000 as a yearling which should excite commercial breeders. As previously mentioned almost 50% of the freshman sires offered will stand at a fee 10 000 and under and yet at this end of the scale you can still find Gr1-winners including Skilled ( 8 800) Anacheeva ( 8 800) Dick Turpin ( 8 800) Pressday ( 9 900) and Rebel Raider ( 5 500). The Gr1-winning 2YO Pressday is the bestperformed son of Gr2-winning 2YO and Red Ransom sire-son Domesday. Furthermore he also notched wins in the Gr2 Champagne Classic Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes and trained on at three to take the Gr2 MRC Sandown Guineas. To top it off the sprinter-miler was also stakes-placed in the US before retiring to stud. His 9-time winning dam is half-sister to the dam of Gr1-winner The Mighty Lions. He will stand at the new Queensland division of Eliza Park. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM TRUSTING NEW 2012 SERVICE FEE 16 500 (INC GST FREE RETURN) TruSTING TALe OF THe CAT (uSA) x LeGIBLe (NZ) A MuLTIPLe GrOuP 2 WINNer By A CHAMPION TWO-yeAr-OLd SIre. TruSTING IS eLIGIBLe FOr THe PATINACK FArM BreederS BONuS SCHeMe. STANdING AT PATINACK FArM CANuNGrA QLd NOMINATIONS Ben Lawrence 0427 392 130 Bradley Knox 0417 252 178 Fergal Connolly 0416 381 786 Adam Henry 0408 053 234 Troy Jones 0428 632 966 Joe Heather 0413 712 465 Andrew Jan 0432 672 500 nominations CASINO PrINCe HuSSON (ArG) MurTAJILL WONderFuL WOrLd rAHeeB BeAuTIFuL CrOWN (uSA) LOPe de VeGA (Ire) MONACO CONSuL (NZ) TerANABA NeW 2012 TruSTING FRESH FORM FOCUS (cont) Ultra-consistent Gr1 performer Trusting Also in this highly competitive fee category is Rebel Raider who only a few seasons ago was top of the Australasian 3YO Classification assisted by his dual Gr1 wins in the Victorian and South Australian Derbies. His six wins also included two as a juvenile and as a winner from 1200m to 2500m over 21 starts he certainly offers Victorian breeders plenty of scope. Another leading 3YO of his class Anacheeva s four wins included the Gr1 MRC Caulfield Guineas. He was also placed in the Gr1 Australian Derby the same race his fullbrother Headturner won which ultimately helped propel him to Champion 3YO status. By Champion sire Anaaba (Danzig) their stakes-performed dam by Zabeel also produced Gr2-winner Kroner. Anacheeva will also stand in Victoria. Further north Queensland will play host to four debut sires including Love Conquers All and Sidereus. Mossman sire-son Love Conquers All is an 8-time winner who amassed over 1 million in prizemoney. With five black-type wins from 1100m to 1400m and performances against top performed horses like Hay List Rangirangdoo and Beaded he will be well received at a fee of 13 750. Sidereus was a juvenile Gr2-winner of the Pago Pago Stakes and will be a welcome edition to the state being by deceased flagship sire General Nediym. What s more he s bred in the purple descending on his female side from Eight Carat through the direct family of Gr1winners Telesto and Bonanova (dam of stakeswinners Bonaichi and Prima Nova). At least a third of the freshman sire roster are Danehill Danzig line stallions so it s good to see other bloodlines making an appearance. These include sires hailing from the Roberto line Southern Halo Storm Cat Royal Academy and Sadler s Wells which will all offer good outcross 58 choices (albeit some are still from other Northern Dancer lines) for those mare owners. The likes of Shrapnel (Charge Forward) Moshe (Bel Esprit) Gio Ponti (Tale of the Cat) Trusting (Tale of the Cat) Pluck (More than Ready) and So You Think (High Chaparral) will provide genuine interest. Shrapnel is by Gr1-winning sire Charge Forward a leading sire of 2YOs whose 86 winners have amassed earnings in excess of 7.9 million. Shrapnel is the best-performed son of Charge Forward which includes six stakes-winners including Headway Response and Solar Charged. Shrapnel will stand his first season at the Lamont family s Kooringal Stud in NSW. The Group-winning 2YO and 3YO sprinter will stand for a modest fee of 6 600 which is a strong selling point when you consider his racetrack performance and pedigree. Trained by Mark Kavanagh he was stakes-placed on debut and won the Gr3 SAJC Marsh Breeders Stakes over 1200m at his second start a halflength to subsequent triple Gr1-winner Yosei. He had five starts as a 3YO winning at Moonee Valley over 1200m and placing third in the Gr1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes. He also had a swift half-length victory in the Gr2 SAJC Yallambee Classic (1200m) at Morphettville where he led from start-to-finish. His dam sire Snippets was a Champion 3YO Sprinter while his dam Fragmentation was a stakes-winner at two and subsequent producer of Gr1-winner Wanted now a sire at Eliza Park Stud. Speaking of Eliza Park Bel Esprit has been a flagship for the stud as has resident broodmare Scandinavia. This year Moshe will fly the flag for this family entering stud at a fee of 6 600 and giving breeders the opportunity to tap into arguably the most current and prolific families in the studbook to date. Moshe is a full-brother to World Champion race mare Black Caviar and a half-brother to multiple Group-winning juvenile All Too Hard from Helsinge the halfsister to Magnus and Wilander. Moshe was a stakes-performed 3-time winner who showed blistering speed over the 1000m distance. Champion sire of 2YOs Tale of the Cat is represented by a couple of Freshman including Patinack Farm s multiple Gr2winner Trusting. Out of MRC Sandown Classic winner Legible (by Zabeel) impressively he was also placed in the Gr1 Golden Rose Gr1 George Main Stakes Gr1 The number of stallions standing in the 20 000 and over category has remained relatively constant over the past 5 years... Epsom Handicap and Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes. With four wins and seven placings from 24 career starts (23 of those black-type) his presence as a sire in Queensland is a boon for the sunshine State. Undoubtedly one of the standouts among the freshman is Arrowfield shuttler Gio Ponti who notched wins every season from the ages of two to six amassing over 6 million in prize money. The 3-time Eclipse Award winner was a 7-time Grade 1 winner who won or placed in 15 races at that level. He is the best-performed son of Tale of the Cat who among his 74 stakes-winners are Gr1-winners Glamour Puss Gathering and Tell A Tale. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Speaking of shuttle stallions Coolmore has another top class 2YO in Uncle Mo. An unbeaten Champion 2YO in the USA he scalped his rivals by imposing margins winning by over 14-lengths as a maiden over 1200m and taking both the Gr1 Champagne Stakes and Breeders Cup Juvenile by over 4-lengths. His 3YO season was just as impressive Gr1-placed and winner of the Gr2 Kelso Hcp he had the highest speed rating as a 3YO in the USA that year. He s by Indian Charlie and will stand for 24 200. This year [the average freshman fee] has cracked the 10 000 mark at an astonishing 13 995... Love Conquers All Having raced against the likes of Zenyatta and Goldikova during his career Gio Ponti notched four consecutive victories in the Santa Anita Frank E. Kilroe Mile Belmont Manhattan Hcp Belmont Man O War Stakes and the Arlington Million. Another freshman from the US boom juvenile Pluck will stand at Vinery Stud alongside his Champion sire More Than Ready. Trained by his sire s trainer he is one of More Than Ready s best 2YOs and winner of the Breeders Cup Turf Juvenile over 1600m. Before this he won the Gr3 Summer Stakes over 1600m at Woodbine on turf winning by one-length at his first time in Group-company. He s out of stakes-winner Secret Heart who was Gr1-placed on several occasions and she is a granddaughter of Sadler s Wells by successful stallion Fort Wood. This US-bred family has a long list of stakes-winners which have produced 11 stakes-winners and three Gr1-winners including twice Horse of the Year London News. Pluck will stand his first season for 11 000. From the Danehill Danzig camp the freshman line-up includes sons of Redoute s Choice Fastnet Rock Commands Dansili and Danehill Dancer. Some of the stallions include Master of Design Musir Zoffany and Smart Missile. Master of Design is one of two freshman by Redoute s Choice. He was a 7-time winner who clocked a sizzling time in the Gr1 T.J. Smith stakes over 1200m joining the likes of Black Caviar Takeover Target and Apache Cat as top speed performers in this race. The half-brother to Gr1-winner Suntagonal also notched wins in the Gr2 Theo Marks and a start at Moonee Valley saw him blitz his rivals by over 3-lengths. His dam Urge to Merge is a full-sister to Tracey s Element (dam of Typhoon Tracey and Red Element) and Princess Tracey is one of the most prolific producing female lines in Australia. He will stand for a modest fee of 12 500 at Swettenham Stud. Musir is currently the highest rated son of Redoute s Choice and a dual Champion 2YO in South Africa and Champion 3YO miler in UAE. He won the prestigious Gr1 Golden Horse Shoe and trained on to notch five wins at Group level in the UAE including the Derby. He performed at distances ranging from 1000m to 1900m scoring eight wins and six placings in 17 career starts. Out of stakesplaced Encosta de Lago mare Dizzy Delago this family includes Gr1-placed Mack the Knife and Champion sire King Kamehameha who was a Champion 3YO in Japan. Fastnet Rock s progeny continue to be a prominent fixture in the winner s circle so it s understandable his freshman sire sons Foxwedge and Smart Missile are drawing plenty of interest. Arrowfield offering Smart Missile was an unbeaten 2YO in Groupcompany winning the Listed AJC Breeders Plate and the Gr2 Todman Stakes beating both Sepoy and Foxwedge. He trained on at three to take the Gr3 Run to the Roses and two weeks later finished a close second in the Gr1 Golden Rose. Smart Missile s dam Comical Smile (USA) is a half-sister to Gr1 winner Northern Meteor which further cements his credentials. Still on Danehill Zoffany is a son of leading sire Dansili who was a 5-time winner at two. His victories and contention as a stallion prospect culminated in the Gr1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. At three he was twice Gr1-placed at Royal Ascot over a mile and in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. He shuttles to Coolmore Stud for his first season and will stand for a fee of 11 000. Other leading debutant shuttlers include Dream Ahead who will stand at Emirates Park in NSW Canford Cliffs at Blue Gum Stud in Victoria and Dick Turpin who will head to WA s Mungrup Stud. Champion 2YO and leading sprinter Dream Ahead was a 5-time Gr1-winner of the Gr1 Deauville Prix Morny Gr1 Newmarket Middle Park Stakes Gr1 July Cup Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup and the Gr1 Prix de la Foret. He hails from a line of Champion males including Gr1-winning sire Diktat paternal grandsire Warning and damsire Cadeaux Genereux. Canford Cliffs was also a 5-time Gr1winner and Champion 3YO miler in Ireland and Britain. He won the Irish Two Thousand Guineas and Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes among his victories and was never unplaced in his 11 starts. His dam by Marju was Broodmare of the Year in Ireland and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Pina Colada from the family of multiple Group-winner Triple Tipple. Dick Turpin will stand at Mungrup for a fee of 8 800. He was a Champion Miler in Italy who won over distances ranging from 1200m to 1600m. He claimed nine victories from 20 starts including the Gr1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly and was also Gr1-placed on four occasions including the Royal Ascot St James Palace Stakes and Longchamp Prix de la Foret. While this is not an exhaustive list of the freshman roster for 2012 it should whet breeders appetites to do the sums and consider using an untried sire in their mating plans for this year. Of course it s a gamble but this can be said across the spectrum. However all considerations aside using a freshman sire the initial investment could be relatively costeffective and the payoff in getting it right quite substantial. 59 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM FIRST CROP BONANZA FOR PATINACK FARM By Gary Knowles A sk any stud master what s involved in getting a young stallion off the ground and you d best have some time on your hands because the answer won t be a short one. Presuming one has a horse with the requisite commercial appeal in the first place his fertility is sound and the marketing and nom teams get sufficient quality mares to support him in his first few seasons there s still one complete unknown about his future progeny Will they be able to run No matter the farm no matter how much the devil in the detail is looked after genetics will always have the last word. Always. Knowing that it s astonishing that with slightly less than a month left of the 2011 12 racing season Patinack Farm s stallions hold both 1st and 2nd place on the 1st Crop Sires table in Australia on earnings with Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel by Last Tycoon) leading stable mate Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa by Roy). Even more remarkable is that on the 1st Crop Sires Win table the positions are reversed with Husson (11 winners of 13 races) heading Casino Prince (7 winners of 9 races). Husson s leading perfomer is Hussousa HUSSOUSA (09f Redoute s Choice Centaine). Winner at 2 in 2011-12 A 170 000 ATC Gimcrack S. L 2d ATC Silver Slipper S. Gr.2 Reisling S. Gr.2 3d ATC Widden S. L Casino Prince s leading performer is All Too Hard ALL TOO HARD (09c Desert Sun Snippets). 3 wins at 2 in 2011-12 A 418 700 ATC Pago Pago S. Gr.2 VRC Sires Produce S. Gr.2 Talindert S. L 2d ATC Sires Produce S. Gr.1 Hussousa wins the Gimcrack Stakes A must for mare owners Broodmare Monitor Foaling Alarm System Solid waterproof transmitter attached to head stall. NO MORE LOST SLEEP Magic Breed lets you know precisely when your mare is about to foal. Used and recommended by leading studs in Australia and overseas. Magic Breed (Aust) Pty Ltd PO Box 5803 Cairns Qld 4870 Ph fax (07) 4053 2379 Email info NZ Ph (06) 3584 009 ACN 002 209 716 SOME S AVAILA ETS FOR H BLE IRE 60 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Leading Australia 1st Season Sires for 2011-12 Season to June 19 2012 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Stallion Code Yof - To Stud Casino Prince (AUS) 2003 - 2008 Husson (ARG) 2003 2007 Bernardini (USA) 2003 2007 Court Command (AUS) 2003 - 2008 Magnus (AUS) 2002 - 2008 Haradasun (AUS) 2003 - 2008 Purrealist (AUS) 2004 - 2008 Danehill Express (AUS) 2001 - 2008 Husson Lightning (AUS) 2004 - 2008 Vital Equine (IRE) 2004 - 2008 Hard Spun (USA) 2004 - 2008 Henny Hughes (USA) 2003 - 2007 Mearas (AUS) 2003 - 2008 Excellent Art (GB) 2004 - 2008 Any Given Saturday (USA) 2004 - 2008 Zizou (AUS) 2004 - 2008 Shinzig (AUS) 2001 - 2008 Shaft (AUS) 2004 - 2008 Librettist (USA) 2002 - 2007 De Beers (NZ) 2002 - 2008 Breeding Flying Spur - Lady Capel Hussonet - Villa Elisa A.P. Indy - Cara Rafaela Commands - Court House Lane Flying Spur - Scandinavia Fusaichi Pegasus - Circles of Gold Tale of the Cat - Surrealist Danehill - Savana City Hussonet - Snip Snip Danetime - Bayalika Danzig - Turkish Tryst Hennessy - Meadow Flyer Redoute s Choice - Eldarin Pivotal - Obsessive Distorted Humor - Weekend in Indy Fusaichi Pegasus - Natural is My Name Danehill - Shindig Flying Spur - Traceable Danzig - Mysterial Quest for Fame - Chimeara Rnrs 32 23 26 24 17 20 23 23 23 5 16 16 3 17 11 14 5 15 13 5 Wnrs 7 11 4 6 4 5 5 1 2 2 5 7 1 2 2 3 1 2 3 1 Wins 9 13 5 8 4 5 5 1 2 5 5 7 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 SW(SWins) 1(3) 2(2) 1(1) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) Earnings 620 915 488 350 327 765 293 050 287 310 207 600 171 158 169 330 164 425 160 800 159 076 143 943 113 150 112 370 95 000 92 920 72 400 70 620 59 050 53 550 VICTORIA S PREMIER PRETRAINING REHABILITATION & SPELLING CENTRE PRETRAINING GRADUATES IN THE LAST TWO RACING SEASONS INCLUDE Anacheeva Yosei Whobegotyou Dubleanny Catapulted Atlantic Jewel Eximius King Diamond Shocking Le Societe Samaready December Draw Liberty Rock Proliferate Supreme Win Szewinska Glory Horsie We re Gonna Rock Damian Murphy - Manager 0419 694 825 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 61 ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS UNDERPIN EQUINE SUCCESS Cressfield graduate Satin Shoes he thoroughbred industry is sometimes labelled a game for kings and fools. While that may seem a little harsh hard-won experience shows that breeding horses is certainly a pastime that can cost a king s ransom and that s assuming everything goes to plan. For smaller players in particular it s an unhappy year when unplanned their broodmare misses. This makes the choice of where one keeps one s mare a major consideration for breeders. In an age of specialisation some stud farms many also specialise in agistment are happy to leave it to the walk-on walk-off agistment operators to manage the day-to-day affairs of mares while they concentrate on having their stallions ship-shape. Whether breeders avail themselves of a cradle to sale offering or move their mare elsewhere once she has been covered there are a great many highly skilled operators in Australia and New Zealand whose knowledge plays an integral role in broodmare management. In the following pages you ll find a broad cross-section promotion of many of these leading agistment and spelling properties whose focus could equally be on spelling racehorses. Equally important to environment is the ancillary facets of mare and foal nutrition 62 T plus other physiological treatments. Following in tandem with this edition s ensemble of key agistment practitioners is an advertorial showcase where they tell it in their owns words of three equine health companies whose products have found a following within the agistment sector. This includes a combination of both breeding and general spelling-related products. understand the importance of value for money when it comes to purchasing essential items (such as horse feed) for their enterprise. HORSEPOWER FOAL GROWTH SOFTWARE This year s Inglis Easter Yearling sale once again showcased the very best bloodstock from Australia s top thoroughbred studs. And once again Horsepower clients shone through as the best of the best with 5 of the top 6 Vendors (by average) using their products. But this outcome was no flash in the pan Horsepower fed yearlings have long been at the top end of the market and this years results continued the trend. We take great pride in the success of our clients particularly in such a results-driven market as selling thoroughbred yearlings said national sales manager Greg Murphy. Not only does this industry employ many of the most experienced and discerning horsemen and women in the country it is also the domain of many highly successful business operators who The Horsepower system allows the user to compare foals from the same dam from different years... Along with their products the services that Horsepower offers are also integral to the overall package they offer. The Foal Growth Software program for tracking the weights of young growing horses against the ideal has proved an invaluable tool. Whilst many farms regularly weigh their foals the Foal Growth Software takes that raw data and displays it in several different formats providing a snap shot of the young horse s progress during the various stages of its growth and development from birth through weaning to the crucial yearling preparation phase. As well as tracking a foal s weight and average daily gain against an Australian FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Located close to Sydney & Hunter Valley. Excellent facilities which include Post & Rail paddocks with electric fencing and shelters in all paddocks. Fully irrigated improved pastures. Foaling down & walk on service to all HUNTER VALLEY STUDS. Veterinary service within close proximity. Very experienced staff with years of experience. Fully qualified vet nurse on farm. Able to cater for dry mares mares & foals yearlings & weanlings and race horse spelling. Horses prepared for all sales. Long or short term agistment. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS UNDERPIN EQUINE SUCCESS (cont) ideal the Horsepower system allows the user to compare foals from the same dam from different years against an overall average of foals from the same sire during the same year or against foals from the same farm during the same year. Greg Murphy explains It s not about being able to sit in an office and manage the growth and development of your horses from a computer screen. That s not what it is about. What it does do however is to give the stud manager another tool to assist in that process. The various graphs and comparisons can be used in a variety of different ways with different studs having different wants and needs. For example some managers use the graphs in regular management meetings they may have with the stud owner. Others provide the information to the broodmare owners as part of the overall service they offer and more and more studs are also using the graphs as a selling tool at sales time being able to show prospective buyers the graphs of the various yearlings in their draft. Wayne Bedggood manager of Cressfield Stud in the Hunter Valley (one of the top 5 vendors at Easter this year) said At Cressfield we use the Horsepower Foal Growth Software as an essential part of our horse husbandry program in particular when it comes to assessing the growth stages of our foals weanlings and yearlings. We have a lot less developmental issues now we can constantly maintain our horses growth rate. It s been a great addition to our existing strategies and practices assisting us in ensuring we achieve the optimal development of our horses. Along with this software Horsepower also works closely with its clients to not just analyse their pasture but to then work through the process of highlighting any deficiencies or excesses and customizing their diets to suit. So whether it s just the one or two horse broodmare owner a boutique stud or one of the biggest commercial studs in the nation Horsepower Feeds and Supplements has the products the personnel and the programs with the proven track record to assist in ensuring their all important dietary requirements are met. Getting from A-B on the farm with John Deere EQUISSAGE VIBRATION THERAPY Breeding season is quickly approaching and the key to a successful season is a healthy strong horse maintaining their health circulation and condition. In preparation for the season many mares are moved closer to the stallion bases to agistment facilities who often find their new environment new friends and an increase in travel overwhelming which could potentially have a disappointing effect on the result of the breeding season particularly for maiden mares. Stallions work overtime from the 1st September of every year and their condition most probably declines over those few months because of daily serving which is a very rigorous routine both on the body and mind of a stallion. 64 In particular with stallions lack of relaxation and down time between serving weight loss muscular tone loss nervousness pre and post service cramping fatigue and loss of performance and stamina are all common recorded problems. For mares being transported to and from the studs for serving can cause nervousness and anxiousness which potentially leads to an unhappy mare thus an unhappy breeding season. In recent months agistment facilities and breeding studs have introduced horse physiotherapy to their services in order to maintain the peak condition of any horse on their property to ensure optimum care. Equissage Cycloid Vibration Therapy (CVT) is the perfect example. Being completely drug free and a nonaggressive form of therapy this tool is the ideal therapy for all agistment facilities and breeding studs. With this form of therapy CVT will not leave you concerned with time or appointments it can be used at any time of the day in your time. The therapy will help any horse maintain condition and peak form by increasing blood flow improving lymphatic drainage relaxing the muscles and improving joint mobility. Maintaining a stallion s condition will ultimately give you a successful breeding season and hopefully an increase of breeding years to come. With mares regular treatments will prove to be the key to relaxing her during the transport days and stimulating blood circulation in order for her condition not to lack through the course of the breeding program and continue to be in peak condition ahead of pregnancy. When a loss of condition occurs it often follows with a loss of pregnancy. Fortunately and unlike other therapies the Equissage CVT is completely safe to use throughout all stages of pregnancy and can assist in treating injuries and the health and wellbeing of the mare and foal. To alleviate any pain sore muscles and nervousness ahead of foal-down time the Being transported to and from the studs for serving can cause nervousness and anxiousness for broodmares... mare can be treated to this form of therapy in the comfort of her own environment. CVT is designed to provide natural relief and benefits to the whole skeletal muscular circulatory and lymphatic systems proving to be the ultimate form of therapy. Owners will be grateful to have this service available at current agistment facilities as it will undoubtedly be the essential form of therapy throughout the season and they can be rest assured their mare is in the best of hands from an agistment health well-being and therapeutic perspective. Equissage leads the way in Equine Therapy and have been helping people and animals since 1949 enjoying a strong following both in and outside of Australia as it has been recognized as the most versatile safest and easiest physiotherapy tool. Australian-owned and made the device is a multi-unit horse physiotherapy massage system specifically built for equine use to stimulate blood circulation assist with lymphatic drainage relax muscles and help with increased joint mobility. Equissage pioneered this form of therapy on horses and manufacture all of its equipment in its state of the art Brisbane manufacturing facility. Improve the Health and Performance of your horse with Equissage and book your treatment demonstration by simply contacting Equissage on 1800 178 528 or visit for further information. Find out for yourself why Equissage is Leading the World in Equine Therapy. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Foaling down of broodmares. Walking in of broodmares to stallions throughout Victoria. Preparing yearlings for Melbourne sales. SPECIALISED AGISTMENT FOR BROODMARES AND YEARLINGS Contact Damian Gleeson Ph 03 5795 3145 Fax 03 5795 2145 Mob 0427 960 502 RMB 3130 Euroa VIC 3666 ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS UNDERPIN EQUINE SUCCESS (cont) RE-BUILD REPAIR AND RECOVER Gail Sramek BApplSc Agr Consulting Nutritionist to Mitavite At times throughout the racehorse s career a spelling period is needed to refresh and repair body systems. Continual training and racing takes a physical and mental toll on horses and a spell can help to rebuild depleted body systems and repair injuries. The spelling period will depend on many factors. Short spells are often used for horses that have minor injuries or need freshening up. They range from 2 to 6 weeks in length. Injuries such as muscle soreness shin soreness minor ligament and joint inflammations splints and bruised soles can be convalesced in a short spell. Ailments such as persistent coughs and nasal discharges can be cleared up during shorter spells. Longer spells range from 2-12 months and are needed for horses that have more serious injuries or are recovering from surgery. Bowed tendons torn suspensory ligaments and fractures require many months of rest and recuperation. During the spelling period nutrition needs to be tailored to minimise the time of the spell and rebuild and repair the horse ready for its next campaign. If nutrition is compromised during this time it is at the expense of optimal recovery and rebuilding. A nutrition program should target the following during a spell Repair and re-build muscle tendons and ligaments Approximately 55% of the thoroughbred horses bodyweight comprises of skeletal muscle providing the power they need to run fast. This muscle cannot work efficiently unless the tendons and ligaments attach the muscle to bones and other muscles. Muscle has a good blood flow and will heal relatively quickly if injured. Tendons and ligaments provide enormous tensile strength but are poorly vascularised and when damaged take time to repair. A bowed tendon or torn suspensory ligament may take many months of rest to repair. Muscle tendons and ligaments are predominantly made of protein and good quality protein and the correct amino acid profiles are needed to build and repair the muscles tendons and ligaments during training and exercise. When tendons are strained or bowed and ligaments are torn it is imperative that the correct amount of protein amino acids and nutrients are provided so repair can be accelerated. The building and repair of muscle and bone is specific and the correct amount of protein and amino acids need to be fed. If an amino acid is missing or is not provided at the correct level protein synthesis is reduced. Even if the correct level of 9 of the 10 essential amino acids are provided the horse can not produce the protein if it is missing 66 part of an amino acid. It will only produce the protein to the most limiting amino acid. This can be compared to water being held in a wooden barrel. The water can only be held to the level of the most limiting slat i.e the protein can only be made if the correct type and amounts of amino acids are present. In poorly profiled rations the limiting amino acids are often lysine methionine or threonine and occasionally others. Provide the nutrients to repair remodel and maintain good strong bone and cartilage Injuries to the bone and cartilage of a horse generally require a longer spell so the bone can repair and remodel. Musculoskeletal injuries are a primary cause of time off for racehorses. Fractures of the carpel or cannon bone a bone chip in the knee or fetlock or cartilage damage may require surgery and months of convalescing and rebuilding. Exercise has a positive effect on bone density and during a spell short or long it is important to maintain the density of the bone of the horse. The building and repair of muscle and bone is specific and the correct amount of protein and amino acids need to be fed... Providing the correct levels of bone building nutrients such as protein calcium phosphorous magnesium zinc copper and Vitamin K1 and K2 will optimise the remodelling geometry density and strength of the bone and cartilage. Studies on bone growth in horses has revealed that a protein osteocalcin needs Vitamin K1 and K2 to bind the minerals and protein in bones together helping to improve bone density. Recent research suggests that supplementing with Vitamin K1 and K2 at recommended levels can increase bone density building stronger bones. We strongly suggest that spelling horses are fed a concentrate such as Athlete Plus Stud Concentrate or Breeda that contains Bonafide to maintain the integrity of bone and provide a ration that is balanced for all nutrients when fed with correct levels of roughage. If the correct amount and levels of protein and amino acids are in the ration they are useless unless they are absorbed readily to get to the muscle tendons and ligaments where they are needed to repair and rebuild. Ideally the protein should be broken down in the stomach and small intestine into amino acids where it is absorbed readily across the small intestinal wall. If the protein is not absorbed in the small intestine it passes through to the large intestine where it is fermented producing ammonia becoming a waste to the horse. Providing a steam extruded concentrate will increase the digestion of the feed to over 90% in the small intestine. The graph below shows the variability in digestibility of common horse feeds. Digestibility of Feeds % digested in the small intestine 100 75 50 25 0 % converted to acid heat & gas 55 60 71 79 8 32 35 45 52 92 Steam-extruded grains 68 Lupins Roasted 65 Corn Roasted 55 Oats 48 Barley steam rolled 45 Lupins cracked 40 Lupins whole 29 Corn whole and cracked 21 Barley whole and crushed FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Agistment Our high country is the perfect place to spell your horse... and clean the water is fresh and cool and the big paddocks just roll on and on llandale Park is situated at Hobbys Yards high in the hills above the city of Bathurst. While Bathurst is 670 metres above sea-level at Hobbys Yards we are nearly 1000 metres above sea-level. The nearby town of Blayney is 900 metres above and neighbouring Mount Canobolas is 1395 metres above so yes we re definitely in the high country Horses thrive here because it s very peaceful and they are very contented. It s everything you would imagine high country to be...clear skies towering gums rolling hills abundant water clean air flocks of native birds and the odd kangaroo or two. Our pastures are regularly supered and carefully managed. All horses at Allandale Park are hand-fed daily. Allandale Park is a fully equipped thoroughbred stud. Mare and foal care is one of our speciality areas. At Allandale Park our smallest paddock is 4 acres and our largest is 60 acres. Solitude is not a natural state for herd animals and horses spelling here really appreciate the freedom of our big paddocks and In the hills above Bathurst the air is always crisp A running with companions in small mobs. Colts are an exception and we have secure spelling facilities to accommodate them. Float rebates apply for any horse requiring an extended spell. A 200 float rebate applies to any horse that needs to spell for a period of 16 weeks or more. This rebate will be credited to your final invoice. Allandale Park high country thoroughbreds Allandale Park Thoroughbred Stud Farm Hobbys Yards via Bathurst NSW 2795 T (02) 6368 8626 F (02) 6368 8708 studfarm Claire and John Todd ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS UNDERPIN EQUINE SUCCESS (cont) Provide a ration that is balanced for all nutrients is palatable easy to feed well digested and will maintain the condition and well being of the horse throughout the spell. For optimal recovery spelling horses should be fed a ration that is balanced for all nutrients. There is a delicate interaction between nutrients. Some nutrients can be antagonist towards others and therefore optimum not maximum or minimum levels of nutrients need to be fed. Mitavite provide minerals at the correct level that are chelated and vitamins in their natural form increasing bioavailability and absorption. The steam extruded nuts or muesli style mixes of Mitavite feeds are palatable and easy to feed. The steam extruded nuts can be fed alone and a dipper or two of chaff can be added to the muesli mixes. As the nutrients are provided in a steam extruded nut they are well digested in the small intestine providing the energy protein vitamins and minerals spelling horses need to maintain condition. To enhance recovery Super Amino 66 a protein vitamin and mineral bone and muscle building supplement can be added to the ration. The amino acid profile in Super Amino 66 is closely matched to the needs of the horse accelerating the repair of injured muscle tendons ligaments and bone. Composition of Bone Magnesium 1.6% Fat 5% Phosphorus 18% Trace mineral 1% Protein Collagen 24% Protein Osteocalcin 1.4% Protein other 1% Calcium 23% Water 25% A sudden change from a chaff hay concentrate diet to a pasture and concentrate diet may cause the horse to lose condition even though ample feed is available... Understand the nutrient levels in pasture species and adjust the feeding regime accordingly. Pasture will make up the bulk of the roughage for horses that are spelling. A sudden change from a chaff hay concentrate diet to a pasture and concentrate diet may cause the horse to lose condition even though ample feed is available. The microbes in the hind gut of the horse need to become accustomed to the new pasture based ration. Therefore it is prudent to feed additional roughage during the first week or two of the spell to slowly accustom the microbes in the hindgut to the predominantly pasture diet. It is a good idea to find out what pasture species are available while the horse is spelling. Some tropical grasses and kikuyu contain a 68 chemical called oxalate. This chemical binds calcium in the gut forming a compound which cannot be absorbed by the horse. Low levels of Calcium in the blood stimulate a hormone to be released by the parathyroid gland which dissolves Calcium in the bones so Calcium is then available for heart and muscle function. The removal of Calcium from the bones can cause them to become weakened. The extent of the damage will depend on the age of the horse and the degree and duration of the deficiency. If horses are spelled on pastures that contain oxalate containing species your equine nutritionist will be able to assess the ration and the level of calcium needed to correctly balance the ration. Introduce the race feed while the horse is spelling. Once the racehorse has repaired refreshed and recovered it is ideal to incorporate the racing diet into the horses feeding regime before resuming training. This is generally introduced during the last 2-3 weeks of spelling. Horses can become finicky eaters during work and by introducing new feeds to the horses diet while it is spelling and not under the stress of training and stabling new feeds are more readily accepted allowing the horse to settle into training more smoothly. Feeding proven concentrates such as Breeda or Athlete Plus Stud Concentrate or a protein and bone building supplement such as Super Amino 66 to provide optimal levels of protein amino acids and nutrients in a highly digestible bioavailable form enhances rebuilding recovery and repair during a spelling period. If you require any information on feeding Mitavite feeds or feeding horses we can be contacted on 1800-025-487 or email mitavitesales FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Glenfern Park Stud Glenfern Park Stud is a 200 acre boutique Thoroughbred stud specialising in quarantine broodmare and racehorse agistment. Glenfern Park Stud offers easy access to owners being only 45 minutes drive from Melbourne and only 30 minutes from Melbourne International Airport. Offering premium quality care for your horses from a dedicated friendly and internationally experienced staff. Only the best outside services are utilised on the property (including Veterinarian Farrier Dentist and Chiropractor). All studbook requirements stallion nomination and walk out facilities provided. Combining grazing on organically improved pasture all horses are fed a scientifically designed balanced feeding regime to maximise their performance. We do that little bit extra to ensure that our high standard of quality is never compromised. Glenfern Park Stud 85 Glenfern Road Romsey Victoria 3434 Phone (03) 5429 5245 Fax (03) 5429 5211 Mobile 0409 430 179 FULMEN PARK Services Broodmare weanling yearling and speller agistment Walk out service to all Victorian Studs 24 hour veterinary service provided by Stacy McGregor of Seven Creeks Equine Preparation of yearlings weanlings and mares for sale throughout Australia. Foaling down in purpose built complex State of the art Aqauciser for pre-training post race recovery or rehabilitation. Fo r f u r t h e r i nfo r m a t i o n co nta c t B rett Ca sey 0 4 0 0 1 1 8 957 o r Le e Powe l l 0 41 8 5 65 262 E m a i l l o n g wo o d f u l m e n pa r k .co m . a u w w w.f u l m e n pa r k .co m . a u FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 69 Hunter Nursing Nannies Fostering your Dreams We know you demand only the best for your Thoroughbred Investments so when it comes to a Foster Mare to raise your valuable foal demand Hunter Nursing Nannies. The foster mare business renowned for providing quality mares and a service second to none. We have been fostering foals for over 10 years with the same experienced team who provide and demand the high quality that you expect. Our results are evident both in the Sales Ring and on the Racetrack. Contact Lisa Randle 0427 456 361 GRaDuates iNCLuDe Dance Hero Extra Zero Johan s Toy Lucky & Wealthy Manawanui That s The One sPeCiaLisiNG iN The very best of individual care at affordable rates BroodmareAgisment FoalingDown Walkons Yearlingpreparation&sales Kerrie tibbey Phone (02) 6546 6469 Mobile 0408 646 644 Email 70 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Lauriston Park THOROUGHBRED BROODMARE & SPELLING FARM CREIGHTONS CREEK EUROA VIC Permanent and seasonal agistment for broodmares weanlings yearlings and spellers Walk on to all Victorian Studs Quality personalised individual care Relaxed safe and peaceful environment A small boutique farm P L. LAURISTON PARK Thoroughbred Broodmare and Spelling Farm PO Box 111 Euroa VIC 3666 Mob 0427 903 353 E lauristonpark W FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 71 Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and Specialising in Agistment Sales prep Foaling down Breeding season needs AQIS approved quarantine facility Amarina Farm 530 Dalwinton Rd PO Box 132 Denman NSW 2328 Ph 02 6547 1261 F 02 6547 1265 E office W GOULBURN PARK NAGAMBIE VICTORIA GOULBURN PARK IS NESTLED ON 650 ACRES OF TRANQUIL LAND FRONTING THE GOULBURN RIVER G SERVICES Excellent foaling facilities (24hr supervision) 24 7 Veterinary service from S&S Vets (Terry Lowis) Video and photo s of progress of foals provided to owners on a regular basis Walk out service to all Victorian studs Small numbers of horses per paddock A discount rate for multiple bookings Quality sales preparation Accommodation for spelling racehorses Experienced and dedicated staff. Specialised requirements accommodated P 0438 047 118 or 03 5794 7232 E goulburnpark W 72 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Agistment Breeding Permanent and or Seasonal for all To our Stallions THEROCK BEST CHOICE LAGO DELIGHT GOLDEN SNAKE DESERT KING and or walkout service. Foaling Weaning Yearling Prep Breaking In Spelling 24 7 care and supervision Intensive handling and education Sales preparation and presentation Breaking in and flat work Short or long term available 105 Myers Road (PO Box 48) Bittern 3918 Phone 03 5983 6802 Mobile 0419 534 961 Email horses Work and play all in one day Surround your day with the reliability and performance of the GatorTM XUV Series. Every Gator XUV features advanced independent four-wheel suspension best in class stability true on-demand 4WD biggest in class cargo capacity and a rear hitch to carry and tow more. That s not all. These Gators are fast powerful and a heap of fun to drive to fit work and play all in the one day. Learn more xuv FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 73 Sledmere Stud Lot 73 Bay or Brown filly Street Sense (USA) x Berengaria Third foal from young mare family of PARABLES THACKERAY and FAIRYTALES. Well grown good Offering afilly who is all quality. moving wide range of services Sledmere Stud is ideally located in the Upper Hunter less than 5km from the Scone Veterinary Hospital and its Lot 236 Intensive Care and Neo-NatalLadies Day (CAN) Bay filly Bernardini (USA) x Unit giving clients optimum piece of mind throughout theEATER from one of the best families in the international studbook in Half sister to Gr 1 winner HE S NO PIE season and ensuring a high fertility rate. the 2nd dam is REDOUTE S CHOICE quality filly with plenty of residual. Producing yearlings of the highest calibre Lot 287 Sledmere s extensive yearling preparation is Bay colt Lonhro x Miss Portofino second to none. Smaller than many of the major Striking colt by the current champion stallion 2nd farms in the area Sledmere is able to allocate afoal from a Sydney winner who s first foal is a 2yo trial winner by 4.5 approach throughout the yearling more hands-onlengths this season family of KATIMA DEFERENTIAL SPEED BABY and GOLDSTONE. growing phase allowing young stock to mature Lot 468 into quality yearlings capable of selection into the Bay filly Fastnet Rock x Gwendolyn major yearling sales throughout the country. Quality filly by stallion taking all that is before him from a Listed winning mare from the family of BREEZY and Services include leading sire STARCRAFT. champion 3yo and Broodmare Agistment Lot 482 Walk-on to all Hunter Valley Studs Brown colt Tale of the Planned mating adviceCat (USA) x La Viscomtessa First foal from stakes placed mare by proven stallion from a fast running pedigree family of SOARESSA Foaling & Weaning and IMPRESSIVE EAGLE. Yearling Preparation Lot 556 Consignments Bay filly Danewin x Xaarhea Rehabilitation and Recovery Second foal from stakes placed mare by a great stallion. This filly is big strong and all quality Xaarhea is a Spelling to LOTTO ROCK and MONO ROCK half sister Sledmere s ethos is simple and timeless Lot 557 To breed and raise sound healthy and on-type Chestnut filly Exceed and Excel x You Smarty Pants (USA) horses that will command top dollar in the sale ring First foal from mare by a stallion who gets them early. 9 stakes horses on page 7 filly s. 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