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ISSUE 106 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2012 RRP NZ 17.95 AUD 15.95 (INCL. GST) Page 10 Page 18 Page 22 Page 30 RACING TO THE TOP UNIQUE HONG KONG TORQUE OF EUROPE GERMAN HORSE POWER BET ON BLACK SHADES OF PHAR LAP FRENCH BREEDING CHANGE IN THE AIR Website & Industry Directory 2013 KEY CONTACTS AT BREEDING&RACING Editor-In-Chief Gary Knowles gknowles breedingracing.com Editor-At-Large Renee Geelen dekabat optusnet.com.au Advertising Manager Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 hotmail.com Staff Writer Merissa Borg Graphic Designer Effie Coutsoudis Chief Photographer Steve Hart Photographers Mark Gatt & Bruno Cannatelli Production Manager Madeleine Stratton ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Christian Whitehead girdlestone15 hotmail.com Ph 0413 112 020 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 EDITORIAL DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTION Gary Knowles gknowles breedingracing.com Ph 61 2 8204 1007 Fax 61 2 9281 7529 Cover image The racing industry is perfectly suited to technology. Original racing image supplied by Steve Hart. I 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. s this it On August 24 2007 the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries confirmed an outbreak of equine influenza (EI). And nothing has been quite the same since. It wasn t the day the earth stood still but it was a day when the Australian industry quickly lost its greatest asset confidence. Still shellshocked by EI and its myriad flow-on effects the global financial crisis arrived like a grim reaper to gut anyone foolish enough to imagine the halcyon days might return soon. Unlike the quintessential stock-market random walk those who graph these things found themselves looking at dead man walking statistics that closely resembled seismic waves on a chart with one exception instead of rapid up and down gyrations all the squiggles headed downwards like Wile E Coyote plunging off a cliff. Just ask our thoroughbred colleagues in the USA and Ireland where the residue is foal crops that appear to have been pruned with blunt shears. Australia due to a combination of historically strong fiscal discipline by its then government and an inexhaustible supply of goodies in the ground that people want suffered an unpleasant correction. It could have been far far worse. Having more or less successfully weathered the storm we have marked time while waiting for our northern brethren to bounce back. So is this it We think it is. Even though America s influence is in anecdotal decline the goliath-like nature of the Keeneland September Sale acts like a thoroughbred barometer-equivalent of the Dow-Jones. To use US parlance from the git-go at this year s renewal in Kentucky it was less hack-canter and more giddy-up as each of the successive 15 days good news acted as a leg-up to the next. And then it was the turn of Doncaster s St Leger Sale followed by Tattersalls Ireland then Goffs Orby and finally the October Book-1 Sale held by Tattersalls in England where that old razzle dazzle returned to the rostrum with Europe s highest ever gross for a yearling sale. The result is the most precious thoroughbred commodity of all. Confidence. And in Australia it s happening in tandem with exciting injections of stakes increases. If as one suspects the Australian and New Zealand major sales are up in 2013 let s pray that prudent restraint prevails and that stallion fees don t gallop off to become the future wrecking balls of our next asset bubble. In the meantime fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Gary Knowles Editor-In-Chief www.breedingracing.com For FREE Daily Industry News Updates 2 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM GREY AREA STABLE PACEMAKERS RACING TO THE TOP UNIQUE HONG KONG E PAGE 4 E PAGE 10 TORQUE OF EUROPE GERMAN HORSE POWER BET ON BLACK SHADES OF PHAR LAP E PAGE 18 E PAGE 22 FRENCH BREEDING CHANGE IN THE AIR SHUTTLERS DEATH AN EXAGGERATION E PAGE 30 E PAGE 36 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 3 THE PACE Horsegears principal Ross Brunt analyses why pacemakers work in the UK & Ireland where they are legal but are less effective in Australia and New Zealand where the practice is not just infra dig it s illegal. SETTING class horses that don t possess the champion s ability to sustain speed over distance. This is due to the lower class horse being forced to gallop beyond its cruising threshold and into the red zone which quickly exhausts energy whereas the champion remains within this threshold and travelling comfortably. As a result a sustained race pace extends the final margins between their best and the rest. The sustained pace also reduces the tactical factor such as the opportunity of a lesser-quality horse winning due to a short burst of unsustainable speed etc. Therefore leading UK trainers rightly believe that their champions will generally further prosper from the pacemaker ensuring a fast and sustained pace. A ustralian racing purists generally claim that pacemakers detract from competitive racing. However though banned and frowned upon within Australian racing they are used to great effect in the United Kingdom (UK). In this article we look at why leading UK trainers associate pacemakers with winning and question whether the pacemaker can potentially be of value to Australian racing under our varied course conditions. Australian verses UK racing conditions UK courses are generally large with long straights and slower and deeper with undulating terrain. These types of courses and particularly their uphill inclines sap As opposed to frontrunners pacemakers are not solely attempting to win but are setting races up for others... acceleration and top-end speed thus they diminish the value of these attributes. Such conditions may best suit a horse with sustained speed stamina or to some extent dourness rather than brilliance and a turn of foot. Consequently the most successful UK horses by Australian standards may comparatively be more dour types. Under UK conditions a fast and sustained pace will further tire the lower 4 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Pacemakers create strung out fields Frankel is an all-time UK champion and his style appears suited to UK racing conditions. He can cruise at a superior sustained speed over distance and without cover if required running the opposition off their feet a long way from home. In contrast to the UK courses Australia s circuits are generally tight with short straights and harder and faster with comparatively flat terrain. These conditions best suit a horse with tactical acceleration and top-end speed. Therefore the most successful Australian horses will generally be brilliant types that comparatively prefer to sit and sprint . Typically these types prosper from a reasonable rather than hectic pace and usually much prefer to settle with cover not too far off the rail. This allows them to save energy through the run before making full use of their superior acceleration and top-end speed late in a race. Interestingly there is an old racing maxim that the smaller the field the bigger the upset and the larger the field the greater the certainty (as applied to the favourite). That s because with a smaller field there is often a dawdling pace a situation which tends to work to the benefit of Australia s sit and sprint style however works against backmarkers in the UK. A perfect example of this occurred recently when Camelot was unable to make up ground in the slowly run Gr1 St Leger at Doncaster where he was attempting to become the first horse in over 40 years to win the UK Triple Crown for 3YOs. In a post-race interview his trainer Aidan O Brien candidly acknowledged that given the opportunity again he would have used a pacemaker to ensure the necessary speed to give Camelot a cart into the race. Australia s champion type A browse through Australia s champion gallopers of the modern era highlights this. Examples include Kingston Town Strawberry Road Red Anchor Beau Zam Mahogany Sunline Lonhro Typhoon Tracey and Black Caviar. Although Sunline was a noted front runner these Horses of the Year effectively had a sit and sprint style with a superior top-end cruising speed that they could further accelerate to late in a race. Australia s all-time champions also come from this brilliant type. The rare stouter champions such as Northerly and Octagonal are exemptions to the rule generally winning their races by smaller margins and often with sustained wide and gutsy runs rather than high top-end speed. It is no coincidence that champions have am uncanny knack of winning Australia s leading WFA championship The Cox Plate as Mooney Valley s small course with its short home straight is a perfect fit for the brilliant type. In stark contrast to UK racing pacemakers may be used to undo Australia s champion type as the pacemaker s faster sustained pace may on occasion drain our champions trump card being their 5 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM SETTING THE PACE (cont) Ballydoyle pacemaker trio Honolulu Alessandro Volta & Septimus Honolulu Alessandro Volta Septimus brilliance and in turn leave little in the tank for the decisive run to the line. Of course genuine champions with ability in hand can win regardless of the course conditions pace etc although their style and ease of winning may be compromised. Not to be discounted our harder tracks may also prove too taxing on our leading horses soundness if they are expected to consistently race at breakneck speed wire to wire. This takes significant relevance when one considers that champions naturally place increased levering pressure on their lower limbs and that in Australia champions go hand in hand with breakdowns. Vo Rogue versus the rest Australian champion Vo Rogue the bold front-runner was deliberately taken on by a pacemaker on Australia soil. He was noted for running the initial sections at sprinter s speed from the gates and then sustaining that speed over the extended middle distances wire to wire. He not only led in his races but usually clearly by lengths. At his peak he was considered nigh unbeatable and this prompted the now deceased champion trainer Colin Hayes to take on the champion with a pre-publicised two-pronged assault. This consisted of the longshot Dowie and the stable elect Cossack Warrior in the 1988 St George Stakes at Caulfield. Dowie was hustled from the gates to continually challenge Vo Rogue as the pair raced lengths ahead of the field. Cossack Warrior was saved off the pace for one final run. Initially the tactic went off as planned and upon rounding the home turn an accelerating Cossack Warrior loomed up ominously on the outside of the champion. However in the end Vo Rogue s sustained speed off the fast pace won the day as he strode clear from a tiring field winning 6 The most successful UK horses by Australian standards may comparatively be more dour types... by 3- lengths. As they crossed the line the race caller Bill Collins stated They can t beat him no matter what they do . Dowie ran last. Although the pointed challenge undoubtedly made Vo Rogue s task harder the race still highlighted that horses with sustained speed are likely to come off best when faced with a testing pace throughout and that at his best Vo Rogue was an atypical but genuine Australian champion. Combining UK and Australia racing styles A number of UK runners have been deemed as being too one paced for the Melbourne Cup. In 2008 leading Irish trainer Aidan O Brien decided on the tactics of sending his three Melbourne Cup contenders (Septimus Alessandro Volta and Honolulu) to the lead in a bid to stay out of trouble and run Australia s best stayers off their feet. The three strode to a clear 6-length lead during the middle stages of the race but as the field accelerated at the top of the home straight they were quickly swamped. It was a similar story with Yeates in 2006 who attempted a strong sustained run out in front from the 800m. It is generally considered that these dour types of UK horses are not ideally suited to our fast and flat tracks and will struggle to capture their best UK form regardless of the tactics employed or even of pacemakers. Of late Aidan O Brien has openly conceded that he had trained the speed out of So You Think. No doubt he expected the champion to possess sustained speed like the bulk of the UK champions rather than a shorter but superior sprint. He now recognizes that the ex-Australian was a speed horse while his son who doubles as the stallion s jockey agreed that So You Think was at his best when saved for a final burst. The Australian way The Aussie sporting spirit of a fair go for all and always give it your best shot also appear at odds with pacemakers. Our racing has a tradition of handicapping horses to ensure every horse has a chance provided that they strike form on the day and are well ridden. The aim is to provide an equal playing field and also competitive and attractive racing. By contrast with pacemakers a few elite trainers owners can gang up on the small stables manufacturing a predictable race that further tailors their own interest. This is further emphasized when one considers that pacemakers and the horses they are setting the pace for are invariably raced by the same connections and that for a pacemaker to be effective it also requires the ability to be a winning chance. 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Want to know more Simply go to our website at www.e-quine.com.au or call Wayne Aldridge on 61 2 9988 4546 0412 333 808 & wayne e-quine.com.au SETTING THE PACE (cont) Vo Rogue defied pacemaker tactics Genuine champions with ability in hand can win regardless of the course conditions pace etc... equal of any in the world. Black Caviar is just one example of many. It is reasonable to suspect that this is partly a result of our sit and sprint racing style and the fast and flat course conditions. Champion sires typically display a turn of foot on the track. Our racing style encourages this type of stallion to excel not only on the track but by extension later at stud. Significantly introducing natural speed and brilliance into bloodlines is generally considered a breeding key. All considered the testing conditions of UK racing may mean that on the whole its stayers are superior as they can sustain speed better over extended distances. Perhaps wisely Australian breeders and racing in general continue to play to what certainly appears as our natural strength - sprinting. Keeping out of trouble As briefly aforementioned pacemakers have one clear advantage that cannot be debated. The faster pace separates the field and hence the outclassed horses gradually fade from contention. Apart from the actual pacemaker dropping back sharply this spreading of the field creates galloping space that makes the racing safer. For the best horse this encourages a clear passage over the concluding stages where interference or ground lost can be impossible to make up. A clear run is especially important in large fields like in the Melbourne Cup and on our typically smaller turning tracks with short stretch gallops. The Story of Black Caviar ossessing a unique combination of brilliance perfect motion and an aura of invincibility Black Caviar has taken the racing world by storm. With every race and with every powerful yet graceful showing her legend only continues to grow. At her race debut in April 2009 Black Caviar stunned racegoers at Flemington with a fivelength trouncing of her rivals. Her unbeaten record of 22 starts has made an indelible mark on racing history and this comprehensive review follows her amazing progression from a feisty filly to a magnificent mare with complete objectivity. Complete with stories about her trainer owners and strappers her pedigree and how she overcame a fear of barriers and a spate of career-threatening injuries make this the must-have Black Caviar bible written from the grandstand. She is the quickest horse ever clocked in Australian racing and is recognised throughout the world as the fastest thoroughbred on the planet. Racing and indeed most elite sports have never seen the likes of her before. A celebration of Australia s greatest racehorse P ABOUT THE AUTHOR Andrew Eddy is the chief racing writer for The Age and has won numerous awards for his coverage of racing in Australia. His background in thoroughbred racing can be traced to his father John who was the CEO of racing clubs in Wagga Wagga and Bendigo. Andrew s passion is writing about thoroughbred racing as the sport lends itself to great yarns of luck and persistence. He has never seen a better racehorse than Black Caviar and is certain he never will. An unauthorised look at Black Caviar s rise to success as told from outside the winner s circle. 8 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Hong Kong is a metropolis leungchopan Shutterstock.com 10 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM RACING TO THE TOP Almost on the eve of Hong Kong s newly sponsored Longines International raceday former Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) chief steward John (the Sheriff) Shreck reveals what keeps Hong Kong among the most admired and revered racing centres in the world. W e all know horse racing throughout the world is closely associated with wagering. However the extent of betting in Hong Kong on the sport of racing in generally accepted to be remarkable. And with bookmakers having been banned in Hong Kong since the formation of the Jockey Club an increasingly sophisticated system of totalisator betting has over the years been developed. The racing product in Hong Kong day in day out is the best in the world. says Mark Read. We all accept that Melbourne for a few weeks in the spring is unbeatable Derby and Royal Ascot are wonderful weeks in the United Kingdom. But overall Hong Kong is the best. On track the racing is tough competitive and well controlled. They seem to have it about right. Mark Read should know. Personally I don t know of anyone who has spent more money or time in the sport. Big bookie big owner big punter big lover of the game... There is no doubt the business model of the Hong Kong Jockey Club is incomparable. Actually it is brilliant. And undoubtedly clubs around the world would emulate the Hong Kong model if they were able to start up again. A great deal of credit for this must go to the founders of the Jockey Club. It is clearly now one of the largest and best horse racing organizations in the world. And because it is non-profit it can justify the monopoly it has in Hong Kong. Early on in the South China Morning Post one clever journalist said of a young successful punter I pity the youth who wins a pot of money because the day of his grief is only postponed. I guess such thinking is as true now as it was then. Over the years racing in Hong Kong has had more than its share of dedicated and colourful racing personalities and also its share of great racing horses. The structure of the Hong Kong racing organization as we know it to day can probably be dated from 1884 when the Jockey Club was founded. In the beginning all riders were amateurs and of course bookmakers were not allowed. What little betting there was in the early days was through the equivalent of today s totalisator. It is not commonly known horse racing commenced in Macau before it got going in Hong Kong. However over time Macau went down the Casino track. Today it is estimated that Hong Kong people lose about HK 30 billion at Casinos in Macau. Over recent years loses in Macau by Hong Kong people has really gone through the roof. This trend is of course one of the real challenges the Hong Kong Jockey Club has to face up to. One wonders how long the Government in Hong Kong can resist the temptation to allow a Casino into the territory. Not many would have foreseen the Casino industry in Singapore as it is today and indeed throughout the Asian region. Japan won t be long without casinos. Let s forget Australia and the effort casino operators here put into attracting Asian players. 11 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM RACING TO THE TOP (cont) The HKJC s History The Hong Kong Jockey Club was set up in 1884 following a meeting held by a group who were keen to see racing on a stable footing. Thirty four people attended and they took over the assets of the former Race Fund a total of HK 11 000 was involved. Like race clubs everywhere it was not easy going. A year after starting the Happy Valley track was flooded and the Jockey Club went into debt for just over HK 1 000 to fix their flooded race track. Whilst doing this work they cleared the in field and put in a 9-hole golf course. Then a Lehman Brothers type situation hit and the Bank holding the Club s surplus of about HK 2 000 collapsed. After this disaster things rolled along well and by 1904 a full time secretary was employed. In the early 1900s the Football Club put up a building which obscured parts of the 5 and 6 furlong races. The Jockey Club had to erect a tower on which a flag was hoisted to let those in the stands know the field had jumped Then in February 1918 one of the old grandstands collapsed onto cooking fires below. More than 600 people died in the fire. In the early days racing in Hong Kong had a real battle to survive. Like everything else in Hong Kong racing has had to adapt to the requirements of too many people trying to find space on too little flat land. No wonder Sha Tin was created and now a move is on to develop facilities in mainland China. For many years people did not like living around Happy Valley. The place had an unhealthy reputation and this kept residential development away. Today that wheel has turned and people have trouble finding the funds to live in the Happy Valley area where the Club has a magnificent 16-storey office block on track. The in-field golf course has gone on to be replaced by playing fields where not a day goes by that there are not hundreds of people using the facilities. I would say from a racing point of view the most significant development for the industry has probably been the quality of horses racing in Hong Kong. Obviously horses are unable to be bred in Hong Kong so these days they are imported from all corners of the globe. Early last century China ponies ruled the track. Then came the Boxer Rebellion and for many years the Club relied on imports from Australia. These horses were mostly shipped out of Sydney and were called Walers coming as they did from New South Wales. But for some time after the First World War China ponies were used again together with horses from many other Northern countries. World War II This all changed when the Second World war broke out and until about the mid-70s the Club depended on Australia once more for horses. It was also about this time that 25 horses from England were brought in. When the war came to Hong Kong it would 12 Hong Kong racing attracts big crowds Jess Yu Shutterstock.com Racing is of a high caliber Hu Xiao Fang Shutterstock.com A sophisticated closed circuit TV system covers every trainer s yard and this is continually monitored... hardly have seemed likely that racing would be resumed under Japanese occupation. But the Japanese occupiers ordered that racing be restarted. By the time the Japanese were removed from Hong Kong horse numbers were right down. The Club had trouble finding fields so they started racing wooden horses. These raced down a contraption of wires in front of the stands. When they won weights were removed and this then made them slide down the wires much slower. Quite how the Stipes controlled this I do not know. The Royal prefix was granted to the Club in 1960 but it wasn t until the mid 70s that the Queen actually went racing in Hong Kong. Obviously the Royal was dropped when the Colony was handed back to China in 1997. Non-Profit Largesse The Club is beyond question Hong Kong s largest strictly non-profit making organization and public benefactor. It has been handing money over to charities since 1918. Early on the Club does not seem to have kept records of its generosity but all around the place you will see plaques stating Donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club . Indeed Victoria Park one of the largest and most used public parks on the Island is there because of the Jockey Club. Medical Clinics scattered throughout the city are also only there because of the Jockey Club. Over the years the Club has spent literally HK billions on primary secondary and technical education facilities. It really is wonderful when seen in full the money the Jockey Club has spent on hospitals parks and public facilities. And rightly so because after all it is public FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Hong Kong has outstanding facilities Li Wa Shutterstock.com money. It was in about 1960 the Club set up a separate company which handles donations to charities and community projects. The sick and needy truly benefit each year as a result of money handed out by the Club. In 1972 the Government gave permission for the Club to start on a new track at Sha Tin an area close to the mainland border. To even start on this track the Club had to reclaim 250 acres from the sea. Millions of tons of soil were carted over months and today racing people from all over the world come to admire the Sha Tin racing facility. The track itself is a simple one just two straights and two bends but all runners do have a chance. A 1000m straight track has been put in and the all-weather track is acknowledged as the best of its kind in the world however that s dependent upon having top quality maintenance staff. Raising The Standards Over the years the HKJC has worked hard to lift the standard of the racing it puts on. Before Sha Tin the best they could do to lift the profile internationally was to stage Invitation Races for overseas riders. These races were started in 1972 and were run over 2000 metres. Roy Higgins was the first from this part of the world to compete although the Club did have high profile riders from all around the world. These days of course invitations go out to horses and it ss generally acknowledged that International Week in Hong Kong is the best of its kind. No doubt it is extremely expensive to stage and most race clubs simply could not find the funds to put on a similar venture. The week in mid December is a great display of exciting horses and wonderful riders. The local fans enjoy the day but turn over is usually down when compared with other big days. Nonetheless it is initiatives like this that have helped to make Hong Kong racing world class and maintain its standing on the international thoroughbred stage. The Club has over the years had a policy of using a weight scale that allows heavier jockeys plenty of opportunities. In addition in an attempt to foster local talent in recent years local riders have been given an allowance which is designed to help them get rides and be more competitive. Lights Camera Action In 1973 the Club put in lights at Happy Valley. On the first night the red flag was run up. The flag was hoisted when the track was full. On that first night they say 10 000 fans who could not get in lined up outside the track along the back stretch. No doubt someone quickly set up a book . In the early days night races were run There is no doubt the business model of the Hong Kong Jockey Club is incomparable. Actually it is brilliant... on the sand training track with fields of 8. Today night races are run on the training track at Sha Tin but also the course proper at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin are used. Even in the early days the Club had its own diesel generator so if the main power went off the show carried on. The situation applies today however with much better back-up power supply. Early in 1971 the Members decided that after 125 years of amateur type racing the Club should go professional. This change caused top flight trainers and riders from Australia and Britain to set up in Hong Kong. These days racegoers will see high profile racing people from South Africa and France too as well as local of course. It really is a United Nations of race people. All feed is imported and trainers can get pretty much what they want. Training horses in Hong Kong is hard work but can be rewarding for those who put in the effort. 13 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM RACING TO THE TOP (cont) Wagering drives Hong Kong racing Jess Yu Shutterstock.com Drugs & Security Drugs in racehorses are always going to be a problem and the Hong Kong Jockey Club recognizes this. The laboratory they have is acknowledged as a world leader and one continually hears racing authorities from other parts of the world say they have sent urine samples to Hong Kong for testing. The Laboratory (and its people) is something the HKJC can be proud of. In addition security around the stabling area is strong. A sophisticated closed circuit TV system covers every trainer s yard and this is continually monitored from one central control area. Extra security goes into place when horses are to race. With the sort of turnover generated on Hong Kong racing maintaining public confidence in the product is crucial and the Club works overtime to try to protect the punters. The Racehorses Behind The Show Over recent years there has been a steady and necessary improvement in the standard of horses imported into Hong Kong. No longer do you see Bay gelding 5 years old by A Station Sire from an Unknown Dam . They are more likely to be by a champion Australian sire out of a leading New Zealand mare or both These days Radiographic screening is compulsory for all race horses going into Hong Kong. The Club introduced this system in an attempt to identify actual or potential problems in horses prior to import. This they thought would protect owners from buying horses with pre existing problems. Some don t like the 14 Early in 1971 the Members decided that after 125 years of amateur type racing the Club should go professional... procedure but in a place like Hong Kong it is surely better to be safe than sorry. If a few good horses fail the system the wheels don t stop turning. The Class system of racing has served Hong Kong really well. Obviously horses reach a certain mark and then problems can arise. Some horses go say from Class 4 to Class 3 and the poor things simply can t run fast enough to be competitive. Therefore ways have to be found to get them back to a Class 4. This can be tricky for all concerned but it does work especially with a small pool of horses. There really is no alternative in a place like Hong Kong and indeed thought should be given to such a scheme in Australia. Hong Kong of course does not have a breeding industry and they never will. The horse population is about 1 230 and this compares with about 11 500 in the UK 25 000 in Japan and 63 000 in the United States. The quality of racing horses in Hong Kong today is surprisingly high. Of course they have plenty of slow types but the best have proven to be more than competitive on the world stage. Wide-Ranging Influence Of HKJC It really is fascinating to look at the way the Hong Kong Jockey Club has grown and the influence it has on the sport today. It has not always been smooth sailing. Whilst last year s 2010 2011 turnover on racing grew by just over 14% back in 2002 03 there was a decline in business of 8.5%. Indeed from 1977 through to 02 03 there had been a cumulative drop in turnover of 23%. This drop in business brought about pay cuts to staff and reductions in percentages paid to trainers and jockeys. But the Club did maintain prizemoney levels and so it should have. The last thing race clubs should ever do is to cut stake money. In the racing year 2010 2011 the Club paid to the Government by way of taxes about HK15.5 billion (close to A 2 billion). This means the Jockey Club paid about 7.5% of all taxes collected by the Government. In addition to this they provided monies to over 100 charitable organizations which totaled in excess of HK 1.6 billion. In 1973 it was conservatively estimated that illegal betting off track was at least equal to the turn over on track. Many say the same problem exists today. So in 73 the Government introduced legislation that allowed the Club to open Off Course Betting Shops (OCBs). Hundreds of OCBs now operate but illegal operators are still strong competitors for the Club and recently they have had to introduce rebates in an endeavour to compete. 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IS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR NEAREST WHOLESALER PENETRENE A LINIMENT www.ausrichter.com info ausrichter.com (02) 9517 1166 RACING TO THE TOP (cont) In 2010 2011 the Club paid to the Government by way of taxes about HK15.5 billion (close to A 2 billion)... illegal bookies etc. the Club has had to provide rebates to big losing customers. However distasteful these rebates may seem there is not a wagering operator in the world not following this practice. For the HKJC there is no choice join the party There is always a push from the Club to reduce what is claimed to be high tax rates on horse racing. But it was pointed out to me that if a race club collects 18% on say a million turn over that s 180.000. Then if the take out is reduced to 12% the track operator has to increase business by 50% to collect the same 180.000. And to collect the extra turnover operating costs will go up. Maybe rebates for big players are not so bad after all... The Future Outlook For all sorts of reasons racing in Hong Kong continues to go along very well despite continually fighting competition from other sports particularly from casinos and from the growth in online entertainment. Currently the HKJC runs just over 80 meetings per year. This holds true generally with two meetings each week from September to about mid July. Years ago there was always a long summer break which allowed the English time to sail home for the Derby. These days race days and races run have to keep going up to generate turnover. I would suggest it won t be long and Hong Kong will be racing all year round. Crowds are not as good as years ago but still acceptable. In Hong Kong they average just over 23 000 per meeting. By today s reckoning this is a good number. Average turnover per race is in excess of HK 103 billion. Make no mistake the Hong Kong Jockey Club faces many challenges. Casino operators from all over the region are targeting the Club s customers and we all know this will continue. Punters are becoming more fickle and they are able to conveniently access hundreds of gaming products through multiple distribution channels. The dream of many operators is What s mine is mine and what s yours is mine too . Maybe one day we could see slots on track in Hong Kong. The facilities are now of such a high standard it really is a sin to see them idle for such long periods. The Jockey Club in Hong Kong is a large employer providing about 27 000 full and part-time jobs. Given its historical importance as a tax base and philanthropic role in Hong Kong it is integral to Hong Kong s socio-economic make-up. Looking forward despite the multifaceted challenges it faces the Hong Kong Jockey Club is more than up to meeting those challenges head-on and continuing to make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Hong Kong for generations to come. 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CJ Waller BonafideTM Now with Premium Nutrition Always Pays Dividends For more information on Mitavite Premium racing feeds and BonafideTM visit our informative website www.mitavite.com.au or freecall MITAVITE 1800 025 487 THE TORQUE OF EUROPE Correspondent Cassandra Simmonds finds that like their redoubtable high performance vehicles German thoroughbreds are not to be taken lightly. W e have known for some time that Germany produces high quality thoroughbreds we just needed reminding. When German-bred and trained filly Danedream took all before her last year to win the Longchamp Prix de l Arc de Triomphe as a three-year-old it wasn t the first time Australians had heard of her sire Lomitas. Back in 2001 Silvano (Lomitas x Spirit of Eagles) under the guidance of trainer Andreas Wohler arrived in Australia to take on our greatest weight-for-age championship the WS Cox Plate. He arrived with an impressive scorecard of victories in Germany Singapore Hong Kong and the USA where he triumphed in the Gr1 Arlington Million. In a famed renewal of the Cox Plate which saw Northerly defeat Sunline and Viscount the then five yearold stallion Silvano finished a credible fourth proving a noteworthy aptitude for travel and high class performance. Danedream and Silvano s sire Lomitas himself a triple Gr1 winner was bred and raced by Gestut Fahrhof a stud founded in 1960 by Walther Jacobs as a hobby farm for warmbloods in Bremen north-west Germany. Lomitas who stood at both Gestut Fahrhof and Darley s Dalham Hall Stud at Newmarket during his stud career died in 2010 aged 22 however he has left a lasting impact on the German thoroughbred industry. The Jacobs family like many others in Germany began their foray into the thoroughbred world via equestrian pursuits. Walther Jacobs son Klaus was an Olympic dressage rider and his grandson Andreas who is now at the helm of their breeding and racing enterprise competed in dressage at European Championship level. In addition to the prestigious Gestut Fahrhof Andreas Jacobs now oversees the operations of Newsells Park Stud in Newmarket England acquired by his late father Klaus in 2000 as well as Maine Chance Farms in South Africa where Silvano now calls home. Jacobs is also the owner of Acclamation stallion Equiano a two-time Gr1 winner of the King s Stand Stakes who has shuttled to Adam Sangster s Swettenham Stud in Victoria for the past two breeding seasons. There are thoroughbred breeding operations located in 12 states of Germany with the biggest cluster of studs in NordrheinWestfalen. Within this region is Baron Georg von Ullmann s Gest t Schlenderhan where leading sire Monsun stood until he was euthanased last month due to a neurological disorder. Monsun (K nigsstuhl x Mosella) who was Champion Sire in Germany in 2006 and Champion Broodmare sire in 2010 is best known as the sire of Stacelita a six-time Gr1 winner in France and America as well as triple Gr1 winners Shirocco and Manduro. The sire of 51 group winners the legacy of Monsun is certain continue for years to come. He notably sired two runners in this year s Prix de l Arc de Triomphe in Yellow and Green and Masterstroke (who finished third) and he is the broodmare sire of 2012 Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision and this year s Deutsches Derby victor Pastorius. Location of Thoroughbred Studs in Germany State Nordrhein-Westfalen Niedersachsen Hessen Rhineland-Palatinate Bayern Baden-W rttemberg Hamburg Brandenburg Schleswig-Holstein Sachsen-Anhalt Sachsen Saarland Number of Studs 30 14 8 6 6 6 2 2 1 1 1 1 Another recently deceased stalwart of the German stallion ranks is Tiger Hill. The sire of 39 stakes-winners including Rewilding the 18 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM States of Germany Major German race club Baden Current Top Five Sires in Germany by Earnings Rank Stallion 1 2 3 4 5 Big Shuffle (USA) Lomitas (GB) Soldier Hollow (GB) Monsun (GER) Areion (GER) Breeding Super Concorde Raise Your Skirts Niniski - La Colorada In the Wings - Island Race K nigsstuhl - Mosella Big Shuffle - Aerleona Rnrs 93 30 34 30 59 Wnrs 40 13 16 13 22 Wins 57 23 21 24 32 SW (SWins) 5(6) 3(5) 3(5) 4(5) 0(0) Earnings 680 345 617 920 595 520 436 020 270 670 Best Performer Feuerblitz 67 400 Salomina 268 000 Pastorius 419 000 Novellist 210 000 Red Lips 51 500 Above figures courtesy of Arion Pedigrees stallion fractured a leg in a paddock accident at Gestut Fahrhof in September. Tiger Hill recently achieved success as a broodmare sire with this year s winner of the Gr1 Preis der Diana Salomina. With such a steep history in eventing Germans have long been respected for their horsemanship. Current leading trainer Peter Schiergen of Danedream fame has trained 30 Gr1 winners since he began training in 1998. Schiergen was previously a champion jockey in Germany winning premierships from 1992-1996 along the way setting records for the number of wins in a season and achieving 1 451 wins in the saddle before commencing his training career. The strengths of the German thoroughbred racing and breeding industry has not gone unnoticed by Luke Murrell of Australian Bloodstock. Murrell was responsible for negotiating the paths of German imports Lucas Cranach (by Mamool) the 2011 Melbourne Cup third placegetter and Mawingo (by Tertullian) 2012 Gr1 Doomben Cup winner to Australia. Murrell describes German horses as underappreciated however with very little literature available in English it has not been an easy market to examine. For us knowing there were good horses it was an area if we could break into that would give us a niche. It s not unlike how New Zealand was 50-60 years ago Murrell explains. According to Murrell veterinary and training practices in Germany are behind other parts of the world by comparison which in part he puts down to a number of trainers outside the top tier participating as hobbyists with racing still very much seen as an elitist sport. However he sees this as a key advantage to investing in German thoroughbreds. They are a tough and natural product with a lot more upside as they haven t had any help Murrell comments. He further explains this natural toughness as critical to their capacity to acclimatise handle the change of training practices and work harder. An additional strength according to Murrell is their capacity to travel. The better horses in Germany have had to travel he notes and adds that all purchases from Germany in his experience have travelled exceptionally well. In an attempt to identify that right horse Murrell conducts form analysis on every race from maiden to Gr1 from race footage he receives weekly. The lack of English resources and sectional timing data however makes this no easy assessment task. According to Murrell it s not uncommon for final times to not be displayed for a race. That said these barriers make the success stories all the more rewarding. I love the fact that you can get just as much enjoyment from saying we picked that Murrell enthuses. Mawingo and Lucas Cranach are not the only German success stories for Murrell. In June he identified a three-year-old Lomitas filly called Salomina who Australian Bloodstock successfully purchased off a city class win. In her first start for Australian Bloodstock Salomina won the Gr3 Grosser Preis von Lotto at Hamburg followed by a victory in the Gr1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks). Salomina was subsequently sold to Katsumi Yoshida s Shadai FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 19 THE TORQUE OF EUROPE (cont) Stallion Station. The issues surrounding form analysis are not the only difficulties experienced when trying to buy a horse in Germany. Currently Australian Bloodstock flies in its own vets to oversee that part of the process. It s hard to find German vets to conduct the tests we require and report in the right format Murrell tells. In Germany there are 93 stakes races annually of which seven are at Gr1 level programmed between July and September of each year. Compared to Australia s 568 stakes races each season and 68 Gr1s it is a much narrower market. The shortest distance of the seven Gr1 events on the German racing calendar is 2000m further indicating the nation s focus on breeding and training stayers with longevity. The strength of German racing at the highest level should no longer be discounted. Mamool Jukebox Jury and Campanologist all won the Gr1 Preis von Europa and contested a Melbourne Cup. Perhaps Germany s capacity to produce tough and sound thoroughbreds can be attributed to the long slow pace work they complete as twoyear-olds that rarely gallop. The emphasis on two-year-old racing in Germany is evidenced by its black type classification. The highest level of stakes racing for two-year-olds is Group 3 status of which there are four races. The highest volume of stakes racing each season is conducted at Baden-Baden also the location of Germany s thoroughbred auction house. Germany s Champion mare Danedream who has won the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden for the last two years was cruelly denied her chance for successive Arc victories due to a recent outbreak of swamp fever. Cologne racecourse is currently under a quarantine lockdown for a three month period after one horse was discovered to have the highly infectious virus. Despite the temporary loss of Danedream on the world stage Australian racing is likely to see further German imports added to the ranks of Lucas Cranach Mawingo Illo and Sanagas. Luke Murrell believes there are more genuine Group class imports to come which have been purchased off maiden victories in Germany. Hopefully in the next six months you will see more Lucas Cranachs and Mawingos running around he quips. Murrell may not be alone in his admiration for the strength of the German thoroughbred for long. Darren Dance of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock has been active in the acquisition of European stayers over the last 18 months namely Jakkalberry Crackerjack King and Tac De Boistron. On German-breds Dance says They are class stayers and on our radar. Indeed if recent years are any gauge Germany s horses are increasingly appearing as a blip on a great many thoroughbred owners radars around the world. Stakes Races in Germany Location of Stakes Races Racecourse Baden-Baden Cologne Dusseldorf Hannover Munich Hamburg Hoppegarten No Races 21 17 12 10 8 7 4 Racecourse Bremen Frankfurt Krefeld Dortmund Dresden Mulheim No Races 3 3 3 2 2 1 Germany s Seven Group One Races Race Hamburg Deutsches Derby Hoppegarten Grosser Preis von Berlin Munich Grosser Dallmayr Preis Dusseldorf Preis der Diana Cologne Rheinland Pokal Baden-Baden Grosser Preis von Baden Cologne Preis von Europa Conditions 3YO colts & fillies (no geldings) 3YO 3YO 3YO fillies 3YO 3YO 3YO Distance 2400m Direction Right handed Prizemoney 500 000 Time of Yr Ran July 2400m 2000m 2200m 2400m 2400m 2400m Right handed Left handed Right handed Right handed Left handed Right handed 175 000 155 000 400 000 155 000 250 000 155 000 July July August August September September 20 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM IAH Sales Pty. 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Other factors behind her endearment to the Australian people include her courage and the relatively easy nature of her victories. Her appeal has also been assisted by modern methods of communication and media distribution which simply did not exist when the Red Terror graced the turf along with most of the elite thoroughbreds that have followed. The valour displayed by Black Caviar in her ability to overcome adversity arises from her injury-plagued career. The most significant developed out of her second injury suspensory ligament damage to her off foreleg sustained after only her fifth start which has required constant treatment and careful management from that point onwards. The exalted reputation currently enjoyed by Black Caviar began gathering momentum when at age four she recorded her first Gr1 success in her eighth race start. This fourlengths victory in the 2010 Patinack Farm Classic was accomplished at the expense BET ON THE Black Caviar is now a household name in Australia. Kingsley Edwards investigates how she attained this status and compares her statistical performance with prior champions of the Australian turf. of a high quality field boasting several Gr1 winners. She returned in the Autumn with five Gr1 wins among them the highestrated performance of her career the 2011 Newmarket Handicap carrying top weight of 58kg. By the end of that racing season she had beaten every other top class sprinter in Australia and moreover had done so without once being extended coasting to victory in every outing. Black Caviar s Spring campaign of 2011 was no exception. Her six-lengths win in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley surpassed Phar Lap s 14 successive victories. At her next assignment her second Patinack Farm Classic she bettered the 15 straight wins recorded by both Carbine and Bernborough. Autumn 2012 witnessed her first attempt at a distance longer than 1200m which she easily conquered at Caulfield in the 1400m CF Orr Stakes. After three more wins and nothing left to prove in Australia Black Caviar journeyed to Royal Ascot scoring her 22nd consecutive win in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes albeit by a nose. It is the only occasion so far in her entire career where at the end of the race the tank was empty according to her trainer Peter Moody. Black Caviar had prevailed even though she had carried into the race her re-aggravated suspensory ligament injury the worst it had ever been since first incurred and suffered muscle tears in her back during the running. Phar Lap is the benchmark against which all Australia s best gallopers are inevitably compared. Table 1 therefore presents a summary of the race records of Black Caviar and Phar Lap alongside Ajax Bernborough Tulloch And Kingston Town arguably the four greatest to have raced in the intervening 80 years as a statistical basis for assessing the similarities and differences of these outstanding racehorses. Phar Lap s ratio of wins to starts was plainly inferior to that of Black Caviar however he did achieve a higher percentage of Stakes and Gr1 wins to career wins. A crucial difference in their statistical records is that Black Caviar has only won over distances from 1000m to 1400m whereas Phar Lap s winning distance range was from 1400m to 3600m recording Gr1 victories in the Futurity Stakes over 7 furlongs through to the AJC Plate over two and a quarter miles. Indeed his four successes in Melbourne Cup week in 1930 (viz. Melbourne Stakes Melbourne Cup Linlithgow Stakes and CB Fisher Plate) covering distances FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 23 BET ON THE BLACK (cont) from one mile to two miles are unequalled in Australian racing highlighting his extraordinary capabilities. The Australian people s adoration of PHAR LAP has never been bestowed upon any horse on such a scale before or since. Phar Lap s nine straight wins as an Autumn three- yearold propelled him to national hero status during the Great Depression at a time when a distraction from the everyday hardships of life was desperately needed. Such wins included his 20-lengths victory in the 1930 VRC King s Plate and his Australian record-breaking run in the 1930 AJC Plate during in which he also unofficially broke every national record from 12 furlongs to 18 furlongs. AJAX raced in the latter part of the same decade as Phar Lap and is best known for holding the record for the most consecutive wins by an Australian racehorse on city tracks of 18 which was eclipsed 72 years later by Black Caviar when she won the 2012 Lightning Stakes. In fact after the end of Ajax s phenomenal winning streak via defeat at the odds of 40 1-on in the 1939 Rawson Stakes he won a further four on the trot. Had it not been for that shock loss he therefore would have won 23 in succession one more than Black Caviar. In addition to being a record holder for consecutive victories Ajax shares another significant feature of his racing career with Black Caviar both champions raced almost exclusively in weight-for-age or set weight events. For example Ajax triumphed in races such as the Cox Plate McKinnon Stakes and one of the most highly regarded staying events of the times the VRC CB Fisher Plate. Furthermore the only open age handicap that they contested in their respective careers was the Newmarket which they both won carrying substantial weights. Bernborough claimed Australia s attention in the immediate post-war era by winning 15 races in succession. He was a slow maturer and subject to recurring lameness as well as receiving a 6 month disqualification plus a ban on racing outside Toowoomba for the first four years of his career. This resulted in Bernborough at six years old gaining for the first time the opportunity to display to the rest of Australia his astonishing ability to carry enormous weights in breathtaking last-to-first victories. It was thus only in the final 11 months of his career that Bernborough was able to establish himself as a legend of the Australian turf. In the 18 races that Bernborough contested between December 1945 and November 1946 11 were at Gr1 and he won nine. His only Gr1 failure after discounting his last The familiar effortless stride of The Cav race in the McKinnon Stakes in which he broke down was his fifth in the Caulfield Cup carrying 68kg conceding 10kg to the winner Manikato is the only Royal Gem. His statistical record in Gr1 races Australian sprinter to win is therefore not too dissimilar to Black Caviar. more Gr1 races than Black Bernborough s career contrasts with both that Caviar... of Black Caviar and Ajax since he competed in either handicaps or set weights races with penalties in 14 of those 18 outings in Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane. Victories in such Gr1 when finishing seventh with 64kg in the 1960 Melbourne Cup. Three years earlier it seems races included the Futurity Stakes (64.5kg) all but certain that he would have won the Newmarket Handicap (63kg) Doomben Cup 1957 Cup if he had taken his place in the field (68.5kg) and the Doomben 10 000 (65.5kg). given that Prince Darius who finished second The latter was perhaps his greatest triumph by a neck had been beaten by Tulloch on the when he was 16th at the turn and unleashing his trademark finish scored by two lengths. preceding Saturday in the VRC Derby by eight The period from 1956 to 1961 spanned the lengths. Unlike Black Caviar Tulloch recorded racing career of Tulloch who emerged supreme a winning distance range from 1000m to in what could reasonably be described as an 3200m and only raced after the conclusion of era of champions. As a two-year-old he won his two year old season once at a distance less seven races including his defeat of Todman than one mile winning first up in the 1957 in the AJC Sire s Produce Stakes. His was a Warwick Stakes over 1400m. three-year-old career unrivalled in Australian Less than 20 years after Tulloch s emotional racing history winning 14 (all Gr1 except one) farewell to racing following his victory in the out of 16 races among them the Caulfield 1961 Brisbane Cup Kingston Town also one Cup in world record time. Tulloch was struck of Australia s greatest came into the stable of down after his last race as a three-year-old legendary trainer TJ Smith. In an inauspicious with a mystery virus and did not return to the start to his career The King finished last on track for two years. His first up win in the VRC debut as a two-year-old just as Phar Lap had Queen s Plate over 2000m was followed by four done. After a spell and his gelding he returned straight victories to remain undefeated as a five to the track triumphantly where he displayed year old. In the last fifteen months of his career time and time again amazing acceleration in Tulloch won a further ten Gr1 races beating the final stages of a race regardless of whether brilliant multiple Gr1 winners such as Lord in a 1200m or 3200m event. His three Cox Dhaulagiri and Persian Lyric. Plates the last of which in 1982 was one of the Tulloch was only unplaced once in his career most magnificent performances ever witnessed 24 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM About The Author Kingsley Edwards Kingsley Edwards has been writing articles for various publications on horse racing and equine insurance for over 15 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Sydney University and is a professionally qualified insurance broker by the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance. Kingsley s career in thoroughbred racing & breeding spanning more than 20 years includes working for Arrowfield Stud both on the farm and in their Sydney office. He has been with Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers since 2004 specialising in bloodstock and equine related insurances. A regular racegoer he has been a member of the AJC& STC (now ATC) and VRC for over 20 years. He is also a racehorse owner purchasing his first yearling in the mid 1990s. Black Caviar wins the Gr1 BTC Cup on an Australian racecourse is unlikely ever to be bettered. Kingston Town was never beaten in the five Stakes races he contested throughout his career at sprint distances including three consecutive Warwick Stakes. Likewise Black Caviar never tasted defeat in her 21 sprint Stakes races. Kingston Town holds the record at 21 for the highest number of successive victories on Sydney racetracks and scored 22 times in all in his home city. Similarly Black Caviar has scored the same number of wins in succession on Australian racetracks and 22 overall thus far in her career. Phar Lap Ajax Bernborough Tulloch and Kingston Town all won at the highest level in sprints middle distance contests and or staying races. Their victories were recorded in the most prestigious events on the calendar such as the Melbourne & Caulfield Cups the Cox Plate Australian & VRC Derbies etc in addition to the top sprints including the Newmarket VRC (Patinack Farm Classic) Stakes Futurity Stakes etc. A more equitable comparison with the sprint champion Black Caviar is against the best sprinters of Australian racing history. Table 2 therefore provides the statistical records summary for each of undoubtedly the three greatest speedsters of the past Todman Vain and Manikato. Todman made a spectacular debut in December 1956 as a two- year-old by setting a new Australian record for five furlongs. He went on to win the inaugural Golden Slipper by eight lengths a record that stands to this day. Although beaten next up by Tulloch in the AJC Sire s Produce Stakes one week later Black Caviar is a once in a lifetime phenomenon the same accolade afforded to the greatest of them all Phar Lap... and back to six furlongs in the Champagne Stakes he turned the tables on Tulloch when defeating him by six lengths in a race record time that had stood for 29 years. In his third start as a three-year-old Todman broke down and it was just over two years before he raced again. Starting three more times prior to his retirement all were victorious his last appearance was in the Futurity Stakes carrying 64.5kg in race record time. Todman s career of only 10 sprint race starts concluded with nine wins and one second placing the closest possible result to that of Black Caviar s 100% success rate. Vain boasted a similar statistical record to Todman also suffering his only defeat in a sprint race in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes but on this occasion it was one of the biggest upsets ever seen when Beau Babylon flashed home to beat him on the line. Vain won the Golden Slipper and Champagne Stakes either side of this uncharacteristic loss the same as Todman. He raced for only one more season as a spring three-year-old before being forced to retire through injury after the 1969 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Vain s victory in the Gr1 Craven A Stakes (now known as the Patinack Farm Classic) over 1200m at Flemington was remarkable. The winning margin of 12-lengths is the largest ever recorded in a major sprint race and even Black Caviar has not come close to a winning margin of that magnitude in any of her wins. Manikato shared with Black Caviar the affliction of ongoing leg problems. He also suffered a heart attack in the 1980 Galaxy at Randwick. In spite of both he still managed a career spanning six years from ages two to seven. His exceptional ability coupled with the longevity of his career allowed Manikato to win five William Reid Stakes in succession from 1979 to 1983 and four Futurity Stakes records which will surely never be broken. His winning consistency was no match for Black Caviar however Manikato is the only Australian sprinter to win more Gr1 races than Black Caviar. For the racing purist versatility at distances won is widely accepted as an essential characteristic of greatness in the thoroughbred racehorse. The limitation of Black Caviar s success exclusively to sprints thus precludes her from being considered as a true great. Notwithstanding Black Caviar is clearly superior both amongst Australia s sprinters and in the vast majority of statistically-based comparisons against our best thoroughbreds. The quality and flawless consistency of her performance over 22 race starts will always be remembered among the grandest achievements in Australian racing history. For those of us privileged to witness her stunning career Black Caviar is a once in a lifetime phenomenon the same accolade afforded to the greatest of them all Phar Lap. With the likely prospect that she might now race on racing fans will hope she can defy the odds in her race into immortality. FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 25 BET ON THE BLACK (cont) Table 1 STATISTICAL COMPARISON BLACK CA VIAR VS. GREAT AUSTRALIAN RACEHORSES BLACK CA VIAR Career Race Starts Wins Placings Group I Race Starts Wins Placings Stakes Race Starts Wins Placings Group I Wins Career Wins Stakes Race Wins Career Wins Winning Distance Range 22 22 (100%) 22 (100%) 12 12 (100%) 12 (100%) 21 21 (100%) 21 (100%) 12 22 (55%) 21 22 (95%) 1000m to 1400m 100% Sprinter Miler PHAR LAP 51 37 (73%) 42 (82%) 29 26 (90%) 28 (97%) 44 36 (82%) 41 (93%) 26 37 (70%) 36 37 (97%) 1400m to 3600m 14% Sprinter Miler 40% Middle Distance 46% Staying Races Major Race Wins VRC Newmarket Hcp VRC Patinack Classic (VRC Stks) - twice VRC Lightning Stks - twice ATC T J Smith Stks MRC C F Orr Stks AJAX 46 36 (78%) 45 (98%) 32 24 (75%) 31 (97%) 46 36 (78%) 45 (98%) 24 36 (67%) 36 36 (100%) 1000m to 2400m 67% Sprinter Miler 25% Middle Distance 8% Staying Races VRC Newmarket Hcp STC Rawson Stakes BERNBOROUGH 38 26 (68%) 29 (76%) 11 9 (82%) 9 (82%) 21 16 (76%) 16 (76%) 9 26 (35%) 16 26 (62%) 1200m to 2200m 56% Sprinter Miler 44% Middle Distance TULLOCH 53 36 (68%) 52 (98%) 31 26 (84%) 30 (97%) 49 34 (69%) 48 (98%) 26 36 (72%) 34 36 (94%) 1000m to 3200m 22% Sprinter Miler 31% Middle Distance 47% Staying Races V ATC Caulfield Cup MVRC W S Cox Plate KINGSTON TOWN 41 30 (73%) 37 (90%) 22 14 (64%) 20 (91%) 37 27 (73%) 34 (92%) 14 30 (47%) 27 30 (90%) 1200m to 3200m 33% Sprinter Miler 45% Middle Distance 22% Staying Races W S Cox Plate - three times STC H E Tancred Stks VRC Melbourne Cup MVRC W S Cox Plate MVRC W S Cox Plate - twice AJC Craven Plate three times VRC Kings Plate -twice V ATC Futurity Stakes VRC Newmarket Hcp AJC All Aged Stks - three times V ATC Futurity Stakes AJC Derby VRC Derby AJC Queen Elizabeth Stks - three times AJC Derby AJC Sydney Cup AJC George Main Stks - twice V ATC - Futurity BATC Doomben Cup Stakes - three times V ATC - Underwood Stks - three times BATC Doomben 10 000 N.B. - Group I & Stakes Starts Notional classifications were made based on the quality and prestige of the race in that era for races held prior to the introduction of the Australian Patten Race Classifications in 1971. N.B. - Distances listed in metric equivalent for races held prior to the introduction of metric system on 1st August 1972 Sprinter Miler Up to 1600m Middle Distance 1601m to 2399m Staying Races 2400m & over Table 2 STATISTICAL COMPARISON BLACK CA VIAR VS. GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPRINTERS BLACK CA VIAR Sprint Race Starts Wins Placings Group I Sprint Starts Wins Placings Stakes Sprints Starts Wins Placings Group I Wins Career Wins Stakes Race Wins Career Wins Major Sprint Race Wins 22 22 (100%) 22 (100%) 12 12 (100%) 12 (100%) 21 21 (100%) 21 (100%) 12 22 (55%) 21 22 (95%) VRC Newmarket Hcp VRC Patinack Classic (VRC Stks) - twice VRC Lightning Stks - twice ATC T J Smith Stks MRC C F Orr Stks TODMAN 10 9 (90%) 10 (100%) 5 4 (80%) 5 (100%) 8 7 (88%) 8 (100%) 4 9 (44%) 7 9 (78%) V ATC Futurity Stakes STC Golden Slipper Stks AJC Champagne Stks VRC Lightning Stakes AJC Hobartville Stks V AIN 11 10 (91%) 11 (100%) 5 4 (80%) 5 (100%) 11 10 (91%) 11 (100%) 4 10 (40%) 10 10 (100%) VRC Craven A Stks (VRC Stks) STC Golden Slipper Stks AJC Champagne Stks VRC Linlithgow Stks VRC Maribyrnong Plate MANIKATO 39 26 (67%) 35 (90%) 27 17 (63%) 23 (85%) 37 23 (62%) 32 (86%) 17 26 (65%) 23 26 (88%) MVRC William Reid Stks - five times V ATC Futurity Stks -four times V ATC C F Orr Stks -three times STC George Ryder Stks - Twice BATC Doomben 10 000 N.B. - Sprint Races Races up to & including 1400m or metric equivalent for races held before 1st August 1972. 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For further information and to order bb ForMulA please phone 1800 671 553 eQui-Aide products ptY ltd po box 154 Glenorie nsW 2157 FREECALL N ew Zealand s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is towering as a market leader in its field when it comes to the performance of its alumni producing a Gr1 winner from each catalogued crop every year for the last ten years. Added to that success rate the Sale has also produced nine individual Gr1 winners in the last five seasons and 14 individual stakes winners per season over that time. With a growth in popularity in recent years amongst Australian buyers a large amount of the Sale s racetrack success has come in Australia with almost half of the Sale s 22 individual stakes winners in the last two seasons coming on Australian tracks. In an encouraging trend from the Sale these horses are typically winning stakes races in their classic season. The Sale has produced six Derby winners since 2010 with two of these classic winning three-year-olds in Australia last year. The first was the Graeme Rogerson-trained Shootoff (Duelled) who won the Gr3 Frank Packer Plate beating subsequent 2012 Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Happy Trails before taking the Gr1 Queensland Derby in June. Next came the VRC Derby-winning son of Savabeel in Sangster. One of two Derby winners for his sire Sangster proved one of the best spring three-year-olds in Australia when winning the coveted VRC Derby in 2011 and making it a hat-trick of wins for kiwi bred horses in the race. A NZ 19 000 purchase by his trainer Trent Busuttin from Kilgravin Lodge at the 2010 Ready to Run Sale Sangster has already earned over 1 million in stakes and will be aimed at the 2013 Auckland Cup. In addition to these Derby heroes the Ready to Run Sale has also produced the likes of Linton Folding Gear The Hombre Sworn to Secrecy Backbone Enjin Number Nine and We ve had several [integrity] measures in place for a long while now to ensure the protection of buyers... NZ Bloodstock co-managing director Petrea Vela The Underworld all winners of Group and or stakes races in their three-year-old season. This year will mark the 31st anniversary of the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale. Over that time there has been immense development in the mechanics of the Sale which has been instrumental to its growth in particular around integrity which New Zealand Bloodstock has always regarded as vital to the Sale s enduring success. The integrity of the Ready to Run Sale is of paramount importance to us and we ve had several measures in place for a long while now to ensure the protection of buyers said comanaging director Petrea Vela. Most crucially every horse that Breezes Up must submit a blood sample immediately following its gallop. Upon purchase buyers may then elect for the sample to be taken and tested against a saleday sample for any undisclosed substances. We also have the X-Ray Repository in operation at this Sale with endoscopic examinations also able to be requested upon purchase. These measures have been important in giving comfort to buyers to come to the Sale and bid and buy with confidence. With a consistently strong crop of wellprepared and well-educated two-year-olds to choose from the Sale has garnered a strong international following with buyers from nine countries accounting for 75% of the Sale s total aggregate last year. Buyers from Hong Kong and Singapore have traditionally been a regular presence at the Sale and now Australia is coming in on the act in a big way. With the important safeguards in place and the immense run of success it has experienced the Sale has rapidly caught the eye of Australian buyers now the leading buying bench at the Sale. In 2011 Australian buyers purchased 51 horses for a total of 4.6 million. This year 407 two-year-olds are catalogued for sale on 20 & 21 November at Karaka. With 115 New Zealand and Australian sires represented there s a strong mix of the leading representatives from both sides of the Tasman. Amongst them the catalogue includes seven two-year-olds by Fastnet Rock 11 by New Zealand s Champion Sire O Reilly and youngsters by other leading sires including Encosta de Lago High Chaparral Lonhro Redoute s Choice and Zabeel. The New Zealand sire ranks are bearing witness to a number of promising young sires who feature in the 2012 catalogue including Darci Brahma Savabeel and Thorn Park. With just six crops of racing age Thorn Park has been well-represented in Australia with top performers including Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Jimmy Choux Gr2 Expressway Stakes winner Centennial Park and the new kiwi star and Karaka graduate Ocean Park winner of the Gr1 Underwood Stakes. Other sires included in the line-up are Bernardini Commands Danehill Dancer Exceed and Excel Iffraaj Keeper Mossman Pentire Pins Starcraft Stratum Stravinsky Tale of the Cat Testa Rossa Zabeel and more. Breeze Ups were held on 15 & 16 October with DVDs available from 23 October. 28 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM SANGSTER (NZ) winning the 2011 VRC Derby NZ 19 000 2010 Ready to Run Sale NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK SALE OF 2YOS SALE 20 & 21 NOVEMBER 2012 KARAKA BREEZE UPS 15 & 16 OCTOBER 2012 TE RAPA RACECOURSE Celebrating 10 GROUP ONE VICTORIES in the last five seasons New Zealand Bloodstock s Ready to Run Sale is bursting with quality and success. Renowned as a source of well-educated young thoroughbreds it has also produced SIX DERBY WINNERS since 2010. With a catalogue of over 400 two-year-olds ready to hit the racetrack make sure you are at Karaka in November to secure the next success story. Contact NZB now for catalogues and DVDs reception nzb.co.nz 64 9 298 0055 www.nzb.co.nz FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 29 Imminent changes to France s breeders premiums have created divided opinion even though they remain the envy of the rest of Europe & the British Isles reports John Gilmore. rench breeding interests received a considerable boost with the news that Arrowfield Stallion Redoute s Choice is shuttling to the Aga Khan s Normandy Stud for the 2013 European breeding season. At a fee of 70 000 euros the son of Danehill will be the most expensive stallion standing in France by a considerable amount with Elusive City the next highest at 15 000 euros. Nonetheless having sired almost 90 individual stakes-winners many of them juveniles Redoute s Choice has a record second to none and he will no doubt command a lot of attention. Redoute s Choice will join the Aga Khan s other stallions Sayouni and Sinndar (sire of last year s Aga Khan Arc runnerup Shareta) standing at his Haras De Bonneval Normandy Stud. George Rimaud the Aga Khan s stud manager in France declares We are very excited to have Redoute s Choice on our stallion roster for 2013 and we will be sending at least 15 of our own mares to him. In recent years Royal Ascot has proven that the Australian F sprinting thoroughbred is comparable with the best in the world. Redoute s Choice has been a dominant stallion in Australia and has from limited exposure sired major winners from mares by European stallions such as Kingmambo Caerleon Last Tycoon Rainbow Quest and Nureyev. This is a wonderful opportunity to send Northern Hemisphere mares to one of the best stallions in the world today and he will undoubtedly have a strong and lasting impact on the European bloodstock industry. Looking at the long term benefit to France of having Redoute s Choice shuttle Rimaud comments Furthermore he will be a very significant addition to the stallion ranks in France which will give an enormous boost to the French breeding industry. His pending arrival has quickly ratcheted up interest even before he arrives in France to take up stud duties There has already been strong interest from all over Europe in Redoute s Choice exclaims Aline Giraud Marketing Assistant to the Aga Khan studs who notes The total number of mares to be covered will be limited to a maximum of around 100. A significant factor behind the deal between Arrowfield s principal John Messara and the Aga Khan is the relationship they have forged with their joint yearling venture begun in July 2008. The deal included 9 mares being sent to Arrowfield in Australia. The partnership albeit it fledgling has already borne fruit with a yearling by Redoute s Choice out of French juvenile Listed winner Vadsalina fetching 440 000 at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Easter sale. And this year a yearling out of Daralara by Flying Spur sold for 200 000. Sprinting Boost To Bloodlines Redoute s Choice taking up stud duties in France could give a well needed boost for their breeding industry potentially producing top class sprinting types many of them with the precocity they show as juveniles in Australia. This will help to nullify the advantage in sprint races that 30 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM French racing has high prize money An Van de Wal Shutterstock.com British and Irish-bred horses currently hold. A good example is this season s Gr1 Prix Robert Papin over 1100 metres at Maisons Laffitte where British entries finished first and second a situation only exacerbated in August when Prix Robert Papin winner Reckless Abandon lead home four other British and Irish runners in the Gr1 Prix Morny (1200m). To contextualise the problem this particular race has been won by a British or an Irish horse seven times in the past eight years. British and Irish horses also continue to be successful with their regular French raids in France s Group sprint races at older level notably in the Gr1 Prix de L Abbaye over 1000 metres on Arc day which they have won no less than 9 times in the past 10 years. Cause And Effect One of the main differences in the French racing programme for the top grade Parisian tracks of Chantilly Longchamp Maisons Laffitte Saint Cloud and Deauville is that two-year-old races are not part of At a fee of 70 000 euros the son of Danehill will be the most expensive stallion standing in France by a considerable amount... the every day race cards. It s therefore not surprising they don t have the strength in depth of sprinters. French trainers tend to concentrate more on longer distance horses and their three-year-old maiden races as a consequence - 1800 metres or more are very competitive. The trainers usually give their better two-year-olds one or two races from September over the longer 1400 or 1600 metre races in preparation for the following year. By contrast selling horses to run as twoyear-olds in Britain and Ireland is very developed where it is highly competitive over the sprint five and six furlong distances with regular daily two-year-old races. This also applies for older sprint races. In essence poor overall prize money especially in England where winning a maiden two-year-old race even at a top track is worth around a third of the 12 000 euros in France encourages the development of juvenile sprint horses ready to run early in order to recuperate some of the 18 000 pounds average training costs. Changes To French Breeders Fund The imminent arrival of Redoute s Choice in France comes at a time when France Galop (organisers of French Racing) have announced changes to the qualification for their 50 million euros annual owners and Breeders funds. These are in the form of extra premiums paid to owners and breeders on top of the race prize money allocation for French-bred horses. From 2014 horses that are conceived in France will receive a 15% breeder s premium from any future prize money won. In contrast for assimilated horses (those eligible for premiums but born elsewhere) the mare will have to be based in France at FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 31 SHAKE-UP FOR FRENCH BREEDING (cont) Champion sire Redoute s Choice least 7 months of the year and the period for leaving the country will be from January 15 to July 15 with the breeders premium at a lower 10%. Previously both qualified for a 14% premium flat rate. French-bred owners premiums which apply to French home-bred and assimilated horses have also been subject to change with a new flat rate of 64% for two-four-yearolds and 43% for five-year-olds older. This compares to the previous situation where it was 75% for two-year-olds 63% at three and 48% for four or older. In addition France Galop will put a new short-term loan scheme into place to help French breeders buy into quality stallions. Bertrand Ballinger president of France Galop noted There will be no limit and each case will be treated on its merits . One of the primary reasons behind the new measures in place to attract better class stallions is an attempt to reduce the dependency of French mares visiting stallions based in Ireland and England. These currently number an astonishing 1 000plus per year or approximately a fifth of the overall broodmare population France. The seriousness of the issue was highlighted at the Arqana Deauville yearling international sale in August. On the opening two-day select sessions a yearling filly by Elusive City France s most expensive stallion out of Lady Elegant was sold for 200 000 euros. This was the highest priced yearling by a French-based stallion versus 25 more expensive lots by UK or Irish-based sires. Both England and Ireland have an undeniably strong hand in the thoroughbred stallion domain with Ireland standing 22 stallions priced at 10 000 or above Great Britain 16 and France just 5. The new measures have not been universally popular among French breeders the Aga Khan Stud has resigned from the French Breeders Association while others others including prominent Wertheimer et Frere and the Haras d Etreham remain deeply unhappy with the changes to the premiums. The Aga Khan s bloodstock manager Georges Rimaud told Jour De Galop The subject is that the measures adopted seem to us to be destructive to an economic model that is working. To change the system without proper economic argument seems to us therefore to be totally inappropriate. I think there are others apart from us who have the same reaction to the measures which don t coincide with their vision for breeding. It is understandable that breeders with international quality mares would want their mares covered by the best possible stallions in the European zone however the new incentives offer better prospects for breeders with lesser quality mares. According to Genevieve Neveux located at La Lieu Fergent in Montville Calvados Normandy where she is a small breeder with 5 mares to her name and 3 boarding mares on the farm of 20 hectares Anything that helps bring new stallions onto the French roster is a good thing for all of us as it will increase the choice and give a strong incentive for breeders to stay in France with their mares. Neveux does however understand how it impacts the more commercial end of town acknowledging It will not solve the commercial issue which makes yearlings from overseas stallions look more attractive to prospective buyers a situation that strongly influences breeders when they France Galop have announced changes to the qualification for their 50 million euros annual owners & breeders funds... make their breeding plans. She also notes that a key factor in France Galop s loan scheme for buying stallions is whether it can be made available in a short time - if not the deal will not go through and the stallion will end up overseas as has happened many times in the past. As a breeder going mainly but not exclusively to French stallions - I am happy with the 15% premium but would also appreciate getting 10% if I was going to a stallion overseas comments Neveux who says that is balanced against knowing I would benefit from the higher commercial value of the overseas stallions. Neveux is bemused by the reaction from some of the leading breeders stating What the unhappy breeders don t realize (or do not want to) is that they [France Galop] have kept the most important feature of all which is the owners premium whether they [breeders] go to a French stallion or not providing they respect some residency rules for both the mares and foals. She says that the new 6-months residency rules for the mares will help to stop the high class trafficking that was going on beforehand with mares coming to France for a few weeks with their weaning foals before going back to their countries of domicile thereby taking advantage of the French system. This was long overdue and the new rules will help stop those who were getting the premiums without truly breeding in France she maintains. On the other hand those who have French residing mares will still be free to go abroad keep the benefit of the owner s premium and a still very interesting 10% breeder s premium it s the best of both worlds... Meanwhile Arqana marketing manager Olivier Delloye says I believe that today we d rather challenge ourselves about the true objective of these breeders premiums. English and Irish breeders are forced to adapt their breeding to the market. They have to comply with buyers needs and expectations since their revenues only stem from the sale of their yearlings. It s not the same in France he observes where The premium system helps to ensure the racing authorities that we fuel the [aggregate] number of races which itself ensures the PMU (tote) to gain more market share. Delloye opines We are in a game of volume whereas our competitors focus on quality. I m not saying we should drop out the breeder s premium but we should definitely entirely re-think what they are here for and how they are distributed . For their breeding colleagues in Great Britain France s premium problem is one they d love to have however the poor return from betting to racing compared to the French tote monopoly makes this impossible and forces them to take the market risk of breeding to better quality stallions than they otherwise might have. It remains to be seen whether the new loan scheme will stimulate French breeders to be more adventurous in standing top quality stallions. Two things are for sure though the first is that the arrival of Redoute s Choice is very exciting for France s premium breeders particularly in light of the premium changes for breeders the second is that the growing prizemoney divide between the English Channel could soon a greater number of British and Irish trainers looking to set up in France where the grass looks a lot greener. 32 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Replaces electrolytes in the same proportions lost in sweat. A safer alternative to conventional electrolytes in horses prone to gastric ulcertation. Used as a saline drench to assist with rehydration. The most economical premium electrolyte available. 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Over the past few months there have been some significant developments in the legal fight for compensation for people who suffered financial loss due to the 2007 outbreak. Attwood Marshall has now teamed up with leading class actions law firm Maurice Blackburn to begin a class action in the Federal Court on behalf of hundreds of horse owners and businesses that suffered financial loss as a result of the outbreak. Over 500 people have already registered their interest in the class action which is expected to be launched before the end of the year. The action will seek damages for economic loss. The amount of damages will vary from person to person depending upon their individual circumstances. The class action which is being backed by a litigation funder will be run on a no win no fee basis. All costs and risks involved in the action will be fully underwritten by the litigation funder if the case fails. There will be no out of pocket costs or risk to those who join the action. F All costs and risks involved in the action will be fully underwritten by the litigation funder if the case fails... Maurice Blackburn principal Damian Scattini said it was widely accepted that the Commonwealth failed to implement quarantine and biosecurity measures which would have prevented the disease from infecting horses in Australia. An inquiry by former High Court judge Ian Callinan AC found significant systemic failures of the quarantine system in Australia. Our recent discussions with industry experts confirm the findings of the Callinan Inquiry that the most likely cause of the outbreak of equine influenza from Eastern Creek Quarantine Station was on the person clothing or equipment of a person who had contact with an infected horse. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service failed to implement adequate quarantine and biosecurity measures to prevent the escape of the virus. Julie Nairn is the syndicate manager for both Desert King and Golden Snake who were shuttle stallions arriving from Ireland. These stallions arrived in Australia for the breeding season in 2007 when the equine influenza hit. Even though both stallions never contracted EI they were both detained and quarantined in the NSW facility during the outbreak. The full impact of this meant that the stallions were not allowed to stand at stud at their respective Stud Farms based in Victoria therefore their season was over. Julie has chosen to join the class action on behalf of the group of owners of the two stallions to recoup the income lost. The impact is a huge when a stallion misses a breeding season and can t cover mares on a commercial basis. If there is no foal crop to run for that horse then it means their name is not up in lights they can potentially lose commercial value. The snowball effect of the flu outbreak was enormous and I think people need to be held to account the issue can t just be kept swept under the carpet. Am I eligible for this class action The class action will be open to you if you are a person business or club who suffered economic loss as a result of the spread of equine influenza and if you meet any one of the following criteria If at any time during the period from 8 August 2007 to 30 June 2008 you (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) owned or occupied land on which horses were kept or stabled owned or occupied stable facilities for horses owned part-owned or managed a horse including a stallion or mare or ran a horse syndicate provided transport facilities or transport means used for the purpose of transporting horses provided agistment services for broodmares foaling down services and or yearling preparation services organised horse events including horse show events horse sale events and horse racing events and those events were scheduled to be held during the period from 8 August 2007 to 30 June 2008 provided coaching or tuition services in relation to horse racing dressage or horse riding Operated a business that depended on horse racing events to make a profit. (f) (g) (h) About Maurice Blackburn Maurice Blackburn has a hard earned and unparalleled record in successful class actions. The firm conducts most of the nation s biggest class actions and is the only firm to have achieved class action settlements over 100 million. 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Based on industry wide averages a stallion should get a stakes winner for every 67 foals. We can use this to determine the worst of the shuttlers. It is against B&R s policy to name and shame but we can look at them as a group and see if they have anything in common. To select this group we took all the stallions Breeding Danehill - Piccadilly Circus (Royal Academy) Octagonal Shadea (Straight Strike) Danehill - Shantha s Choice (Canny Lad) Fairy King - Shoal Creek (Star Way) Fairy King - Shoal Creek (Star Way) Danehill Rolls (Mr Prospector) Danehill - Shantha s Choice (Canny Lad) EXAGGERATED T he shuttle fad hit its peak in 1999 when 66 horses shuttled although in percentage terms the highest season was in 2004 when 24% of stallions standing were shuttles. In 2011 this had dropped to 17% (38 horses). The drop in numbers corresponds to the domination of the stallion premiership in recent years by locally bred horses the last seven winners have been Australian bred. All of those stallions have an imported influence and again reflect the influence of Danehill with three sons making the list (Redoute s Choice-twice Flying Spur and Fastnet Rock). Of the five sires only Lonhro has no shuttles in his immediate family (although his sire Octagonal had a few trips up north on a reverse shuttle run). Since 1996 there have been 263 shuttle stallions at stud in Australia (including reverse shuttles) many of which came for multiple seasons. All up they have been responsible for 80 107 southern hemisphere born foals of Season 2011 12 2010 11 2009 10 2008 09 2007 08 2006 07 2005 06 Stallion Premiership Winner Fastnet Rock (AUS) Lonhro (AUS) Redoute s Choice (AUS) Encosta de Lago (AUS) Encosta de Lago (AUS) Flying Spur (AUS) Redoute s Choice (AUS) that had one or no stakes winners whose first crop are 6YOs or older and if their sole stakes winner was a Gr1 winner they were deleted from the worst group. This selection gave us 29 stallions. Marginally more than one in ten stallions on the shuttle were complete duds. To put this in context four in ten stallions will fail to leave a stakes winner. Even if we keep in mind that the shuttle stallions are generally better credentialed when measured against the whole population of stallions the shuttles are still doing better than expected on the production of failed horses. These 29 failures were responsible for 5 410 foals and 10 stakes winners (none at Gr1 level) at a rate of 0.2% stakes winners to foals pretty terrible And only one of those 10 stakes winners was a stakes winner as a 2YO. The same sires have been relatively more successful in the Northern Hemisphere leaving 7 532 foals and 146 stakes winners (1.9%). So do these 29 stallions have anything in Shuttle Influences Sire and damsire Nil (Sire is NZ bred damsire permanent import) Sire (damsire AUS bred) Sire (damsire permanent import) Sire (damsire permanent import) Sire (dam imported) Sire (damsire AUS bred) 36 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM It s A Dundeel (right) is by High Chaparral Top ten (taking out the AUS breds ie reverse shuttlers ) with their southern hemisphere foals only. Sire Danehill Royal Academy More Than Ready Last Tycoon Danehill Dancer Dehere Bluebird Orpen Red Ransom Anabaa Birth USA USA USA IRE IRE USA USA USA USA USA YOF 1986 1987 1997 1983 1993 1991 1984 1996 1987 1992 SH Foals (2010 ) 1152 1212 907 749 921 640 654 805 603 581 Starters 1002 933 610 595 721 483 538 592 419 471 Winners 793 669 415 391 507 350 298 399 298 363 Wins 2693 2077 1210 1419 1616 1025 882 1084 794 1040 Stakes Winners 175 78 47 43 42 37 37 36 34 32 G1 Winners 48 15 9 10 7 6 9 12 7 8 SW Foals 15.2% 6.4% 5.2% 5.7% 4.6% 5.8% 5.6% 4.5% 5.6% 5.5% Red Ransom FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 37 SHUTTLERS DEATH EXAGGERATED (cont) common Is there something we can find that will help us avoid such horses in the future All 29 horses are stakes winners bar one (and he was Gr1 placed) which doesn t really tell us anything except that you have to be a mighty racehorse to get on the shuttle run in the first place. All bar four won as a 2YO although some of these were over quite long distances compared to 2YO racing in Australia. The vast majority were by good sires only one was a son of a horse in this list. Looking at the sires and damsires of our 29 only five names are repeated Danzig occurs in six of the 29 (4 as sire twice as damsire) Nureyev three times (twice as damsire) and two mentions for Danehill Kingmambo and Thatching. Again this proves nothing much except that horses with these guys in their pedigrees are more likely to be good racehorses to go to stud and be deemed to have enough potential to end up on the shuttle run. And these same names also flow in the pedigrees of the successful horses that have shuttled here. What the failures do appear to have in common is that they won on soft tracks in France Ireland England or on dirt in America. The few exceptions to this (hard track victories) were over longer trips either as juveniles (eg 1700m 2YO group winner) or as older horses (2400m Gr1 turf winner in Japan). However many of the horses in our group of best performers also fit these categories. Danehill for instance won his Gr1 on an easy track with Timeform saying that he was better on this surface than a firm surface. He struck a firm surface in the Gr1 July Cup the winner ran a track record and Danehill finished two lengths away in third with Timeform reporting that he appeared to be feeling the ground a little that day. Perhaps the key to Danehill s success is something intangible that he gave his progeny something that statisticians don t keep records on such as temperament physical type or the trainability of his stock. It s a common enough comment about Danehill that his foals were good eaters and that they tried hard no matter what you threw at them. B&R asked Colm Santry of Coolmore his thoughts on why Danehill was such a resounding success and yet other shuttlers don t always live up to the expectations. It is rare for any stallion be they shuttle or otherwise to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them. Danehill was an incredible sire a phenomenon and he is the barometer against which not only all shuttle sires are judged against but all sires certainly in Australasia. Hindsight has shown us that Danehill was effective when mated with mares from a variety of bloodlines and of course was a sire capable of breeding Successful dirt sire More Than Ready very versatile horses these are contributions to the current success of the certainly two of the reasons for his success in Australasian industry. both hemispheres. Santry suggests that Australasian breeders Every stud farmers ambition is to have essentially been spoiled by the selection unearth the next dominant sire the next of stallions available to them for the last Danehill. We feel in Fastnet Rock that we number of decades. have a sire that may prove capable of this in The workings of the international breeding time and this has been demonstrated by the industry has meant that it is possible for the deeds of his progeny to date but of course best international sires to come and work in to match Danehill he must also succeed Australasia and inevitably the performance of in the Northern Hemisphere and while these sires here is measured against not only his first yearlings have been well received their performance in the home jurisdiction there he has a long way to go in a Northern but also the expectation that is generated Hemisphere context. by their impressive profiles. Non-colonial Santry says that Coolmore has always stallions continue to make an enormous looked to introduce the best credentialed contribution to the sport here 21 of the 50 horses to stud in Australia be they shuttlers individual G1 winners in Australia last season were by non-colonial stallions. What the shuttle failures Some shuttle stallions that come here are appear to have in common deemed failures relative to what they have is that they won on soft achieved in the Northern Hemisphere but in real terms most of these stallions have tracks in France Ireland made valuable and viable contributions to the England or on dirt in Australasian industry. From 5 crops conceived America... as an unproven sire in Australia Galileo has sired 4 G1 winners to date as many as a Champion sire in Lonhro and yet he doesn t or colonial horses. get the recognition he deserves because he We are always looking for the next sires a hatful of G1 winners in Europe every Danehill the next Encosta de Lago Fastnet season Montjeu is another fine example. Rock or High Chaparral they are the In a world where perception not possession benchmark for us and our expectations are is nine tenths of the law Santry notes that tailored accordingly. Imported stallions or shuttle sires are the primary foundation upon breeders and trainers can often have a perception of a sire that doesn t necessarily which the current success of the Australian tally with racecourse results. thoroughbred is founded. Honourary Galileo is a good example he says while Australasians like Star Kingdom and Sir Dehere sired two G1 winners last season Tristram were foaled in Ireland while more recently the likes of Danehill Royal Academy in Australia Johannesburg sired a pair of G1 winners the year before and Rock Of Last Tycoon Fairy King Danehill Dancer Gibraltar no longer in Australia sired 17 Scenic Anabaa and co. are amongst those stakes winners in his first Australian crop shuttle stallions to have made fundamental 38 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM A Danehill-Sunday Silence cross and one of the leading sprinters in Australia in Pampelonne. Perception of these stallions may not be as good as it should be but it can t be ignored that a number of the most successful sires in this country today are overseas horses High Chaparral More Than Ready Street Cry. Another example of the contribution of these stallions is the fact that over half of the leading 20 broodmares sires in Australia for the 2011 12 season are overseas shuttle stallions. I believe that it would be an enormous mistake for Australasian breeders to adopt an insular approach and fail to acknowledge the important contributions that stallions from overseas are making to the industry here. Whilst understanding to a certain degree a more conservative approach being adopted by breeders in the current economic climate Santry points out It s worth bearing in mind certainly in a contemporary context that without the contribution of overseas shuttle stallions the sport here wouldn t have had the likes of Black Caviar Makybe Diva Choisir Hay List More Joyous So You Think Typhoon Tracy Haradasun Elstroem Sepoy Shoot Out Rangirangdoo Starspangledbanner Desert War Manwanui etc. to enjoy and cherish. Longer term the genetic diversity that these horses provide is fundamental to the continued development of the Australasian Thoroughbred. Of course the success of non-colonial mares is well documented also. Without imported mares we wouldn t have enjoyed the likes of Pierro Helmet Foxwedge Irish Lights Sangster Miss Finland Northern Meteor Exceed And Excel Maldivian etc. as an example. Again it would be mistake not to acknowledge the significant contribution being made by international horses and bloodlines. Back to the point of trying to find why some horses are less successful at stud in Australia and the idea that it may be related to intangibles such as environment training methods and temperament Santry declares There are a huge number of variables that must be acknowledged in the make-up and development of any racehorse. The differences in the training environment between USA Europe and Australia are significant and obviously the progeny of some horses respond better to certain conditions than others. There are significant differences in the average distance of races (especially at 2 years) the time between starts the surface conditions and track shape. Consider two-year-old race distances in Australia as opposed to other jurisdictions. In Europe there are stakes races throughout the season for two-year-olds from 1000m to a mile. However in Australia there are remarkably few two-year-old stakes races over distances in excess of 1200m and what races are programmed over more ground are confined to the late autumn and into the winter. It is virtually impossible to make come up with a definitive set of guidelines as to what will work and what will not. From experience we ve seen pure dirt horses like More than Ready Street Cry Red Ransom Tale Of The Cat and Dehere be hugely successful here. While all these horses showed plenty of speed to excel on a surface like dirt the likes of Dehere and Street Cry were also endowed with substantial reserves of stamina as young horses a point illustrated by their race records. On a broader scale it s worth nothing that Northern Dancer Mr Prospector and Danzig horses whose descendents have and continue to make a positive impression on racing and breeding in Australia and right around the We are always looking for the next Danehill the next Encosta de Lago Fastnet Rock or High Chaparral they are the benchmark for us... Colm Santry FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 39 SHUTTLERS DEATH EXAGGERATED (cont) Summary of Shuttle Stallions in Australia Average Book Size Year of conception Shuttles at stud Total stallions covering mares % of Shuttle Stallions Mares covered by shuttles Total mares covered % of Mares covered by Shuttle Stallions 0.20% 0.40% 0.80% 1.10% 2.60% 2.90% 6.30% 9.50% 12.40% 15.60% 19.00% 20.40% 20.10% 21.40% 21.20% 21.10% 23.60% 19.40% 21.00% 12.60% 18.90% 17.20% 17.00% 17.50% Shuttle Stallions All Stallions 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1 2 4 5 10 10 22 35 46 52 65 66 62 62 63 63 65 59 64 32 44 45 42 38 2 908 2 782 2 513 2 232 2 106 1 883 1 747 1 639 1 573 1 486 1 397 1 276 1 182 1 135 977 923 893 883 824 821 841 802 758 693 0.00% 0.10% 0.20% 0.20% 0.50% 0.50% 1.30% 2.10% 2.90% 3.50% 4.70% 5.20% 5.20% 5.50% 6.40% 6.80% 7.30% 6.70% 7.80% 3.90% 5.20% 5.60% 5.50% 5.50% 81 163 272 353 776 827 1 749 2 566 3 373 4 249 4 996 5 452 5 276 5 703 5 356 5 377 6 284 5 283 5 627 3 098 5 023 4 240 4 063 3 917 40 227 39 075 35 501 31 733 29 707 28 356 27 853 26 988 27 207 27 240 26 357 26 687 26 273 26 694 25 225 25 526 26 608 27 169 26 859 24 583 26 608 24 582 23 867 22 429 81 82 68 71 78 83 80 73 73 82 77 83 85 92 85 85 97 90 88 97 114 94 97 103 14 14 14 14 14 15 16 16 17 18 19 21 22 24 26 28 30 31 33 30 32 31 31 32 world were all dirt horses. It s also interesting that some sires have excelled primarily in their foreign home. Danehill was a success in Australia prior to becoming a champion sire in Europe and the same is true of a horse like High Chaparral as his best progeny to date have been primarily bred in Australasia. It appears that the essence is that breeders should judge all stallions as individuals and that there are few clues to be found in the statistics. Santry agrees and goes one step further In the current circumstances a commercial breeder s focus must be on breeding not only a good looking yearling but a racehorse. The improved prizemoney structures in NSW certainly make the prospect of racing one s own stock more viable from a financial point of view and hence more appealing. I believe it to be of fundamental importance that breeders visit farms to appraise stallions and their physical merits. Personally I d like to see more breeders coming to inspect stallions particularly the shuttlers with a view to recognising the quality Santry suggests that Australasian breeders have essentially been spoiled by the selection of stallions available... of these horses. Seeing is believing in many cases and while there is a perception that shuttlers get better mares than the colonial horses I don t know too many successful breeders that will commit to stallions that they don t have a physical appraisal of and with shuttlers only ever arriving in Australia on the eve of a season theses horses are often at a distinct disadvantage. All that considered the performance of the shuttle sires over the last period must be considered all the more impressive. Like all things in horses there is not one simple answer that solves all questions. Australian-bred and raced stallions might be all the rage at the moment in the commercial market but we all know that fashion is fickle and all it takes is one out-of-the-box stallion on the shuttle run for everyone to start crowing about the next Danehill . The last decade has been a good run for the local product and there is a certain logic in that. Horses that thrived as racehorses here are theoretically more likely to also produce progeny that will thrive here. But we can t ignore the legacy of the shuttle stallion. Danehill was a shuttle stallion. Encosta de Lago s sire was a shuttle stallion. Without them we would be missing a whole host of wonderful performers and genetics. The shuttle sire gives breeders the ability to access the best racehorses from everywhere. In today s global racing environment this exposes breeders and our industry to a level of diversity and quality that can only be classed as a good thing. Even better for those fans of the shuttle horse while the fad is for homebreds the shuttle becomes more affordable. And the beauty of racing is that none of us know where the next big thing is coming from. 40 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM Zabeel s great grandson Pierro Paddy Barney and Sir Pat I n 1975 Patrick Hogan brought a brutish Irish-bred stallion with a poor race record bad knees and an even worse temper half way round the world to stand at his Cambridge Stud New Zealand. It was to be the last crack for Hogan the son of a dairy farmer who dreamt of running a successful thoroughbred operation. That horse went on to become the supersire Sir Tristram and Hogan the seventh child of an Irish immigrant now operates Australasia s most successful privately-owned stud and answers to Sir Patrick. Sir Tristram or Paddy as he was affectionately known fathered 45 individual Gr1 winners in all but it was his son Zabeel that returned home to stand stud and ensured Cambridge Stud continued to be a production line of champion racehorses. In September Sir Patrick collected the 15th Dewar Stallion Trophy - for the New Zealand stallion with the highest combined Australasian stakes earnings on behalf of the evergreen Zabeel. Zabeel s father was a terrific sire but it was just so great to have two horses one after the other and father and son to do what they have done Sir Patrick told B&R. Zabeel though has been one hell of an amazing stallion and to pick up 15 Dewars and 25-odd stallion awards it is enormous and just unbelievable. The greatest thrill of it all is that he is getting on in years and his progeny are still racing so well. It is like having a Black Caviar isn t it Zabeel is also de-bunking the theory that once a stallion reaches 20 years of age they should be put out to pasture with the now 26-year-old scheduled to serve a restricted book of mares in the 2012 spring at NZ100 000. Every Saturday (Zabeel-related) horses are still running in Gr1 races. I am amazed about what the stallion has achieved and his daughters are now standing up enormous and he is unbeatable as a sire with his broodmare daughters. In fact when It s a Dundeel out-muscled boom colt Proisir up the Randwick straight on 6 October to take the Gr1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes Zabeel became the damsire of 20 individual Gr1 winners. Others include Atlantic Jewel Ocean Park Darci Brahma and Southern Speed. But the figures don t stop there. According to Arion Pedigrees current to 8 October the 16.2hh horse has sired 973 winners from 1 333 runners worldwide 142 black-type winners and 42 individual Gr1 winners for worldwide earnings of 165 million. Zealand Sire and Champion New Zealand Broodmare Sire and at the time or writing was leading both the 2012 13 Australian and NZ Broodmare Premierships. In the past 21 seasons Zabeel nicknamed Barney has served 2 583 mares at a fertility rate of 84.47 per cent. New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing CEO Andrew Birch expects that although by Jason Gregory Zabeel is now in the twilight of his decorated career his influence will carry on for years to come. Zabeel is just a remarkable stallion. He continues to produce year in year out and is the dominant staying influence in the Southern Hemisphere like his father before him he said. Unquestionably his progeny will continue to be highly sought after in the sales ring particularly given the limited number of yearlings by the great sire on offer each year and the fact that time is against him. Birch said Zabeel s ability to produce Gr1 winners year in and out is even more remarkable given that like most New Zealand-based sires he does not cover book sizes like those in Australia. Sir Tristram was known to throw stock of all colours sizes and shapes but what he did was throw horses better than himself including Dr Grace Brew Empire Rose Marauding Sovereign Red Kaapstad Grosvenor and Gurner s Lane. Zabeel according to Sir Patrick did what most great stallions do and that is throw a certain type hundreds of lookalikes. Champion stallions can be really really dominant in most cases over the mare itself. And that is the case with Zabeel. It is not hard to recognise a Zabeel in the parade ring or the races without even looking at the catalogue or race book you can see the type the head the eye. He is very 42 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM powerful in throwing into his progeny what he is and what he was himself. Those offspring include Octagonal and Might and Power who were both named Australian Racehorse of the Year Sky Heights Efficient Mouawad Champagne and Jezabeel. Gr1-winning sons currently standing at stud are Savabeel Reset Don Eduardo and St Reims. But it was not fluker s luck that landed Zabeel back at Cambridge Stud but a result of the planning and detail that is a hallmark of the way Sir Patrick runs his business. The son of Lady Giselle a French mare by Nureyev was sold at Karaka in 1988 for NZ650 000 to Sheik Hamdan of Dubai who sent him to Lindsay Park in South Australia for Colin Hayes to train. When he left Cambridge Sir Patrick had identified him as a dead-ringer for his father physically. When Zabeel began to display Sir Tristram s trademark heart brain and lung capacity on the racetrack Sir Patrick followed the colt s every move. And as he galloped his way to win 1.1 million in prize money including the Australian Guineas and with Sir Tristram approaching his 18th year Sir Patrick was back in New Zealand carefully thinking through the succession plan. He had always wanted to replace Sir Tristram with one of his sons by the time the old horse reached 20 and when in 1991 Zabeel a horse David Hayes once described as poetry in motion jarred a knee and was retired Sir Patrick secured him for 750 000. The first reason I wanted to latch on to Zabeel as a sire was because I knew he would fit perfectly here to follow on from Sir Tristram and to honor Sir Tristram by standing a son of his after what he had done for me. The other reason was that Sir Patrick had not seen another Sir Tristram colt until that time or since that was a near mirror in conformation looks and type as his famous father. Sir Tristram was probably a little more untidy in conformation but they are really the same horses. Both have an enormous great sloping shoulder enormous length in front of the saddle lots of rein both had an enormous walk and balance about them the color the eye pretty well everything. To me Zabeel is his own father s clone. There is no other progeny of Zabeel that look like their grandsire Sir Tristram. Most Zabeels tend to be bays with good heads and little flesh. However it was a black colt born from his first crop that is perhaps his most famous son Octagonal. The Big O was out of the champion broodmare Eight Carat - who also produced Gr1 winners Mouawad Kaapstad Diamond Lover and Our Marquise. He raced 28 times for 14 wins and nearly 6 million prize money and went on to himself become a champion sire with his most notable progeny the 11-time Gr1 winner and world champion miler Lonhro. That horse was itself crowned the 2010-11 leading sire in Australia 1.2 million clear of nearest rival Redoute s Choice. It was also the first time in four decades an Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (2004) went on to be crowned Australian Champion Sire. The continued success of Zabeel progeny finds Sir Patrick struggling to nominate a favorite but he is less guarded when it comes to breeding and performance. If you were to pick a colt it has to be Octagonal. Sir Tristram rolled on to Zabeel which rolled on to Octagonal who missed a generation and then hit it with one of his sons in Lonhro. And he was out of Eight Carat who produced five individual Gr1 winners. Sir Patrick who was recently named on a list of New Zealand s most powerful sportspeople - ponders though what might have been had Might and Power not been gelded. From a racing point-of-view he was the best. And if he had stayed a stallion I would have said from a breeding point-of-view that Might and Power had the pedigree I liked and the combinations in the pedigree and the looks. I would have loved to have had a crack at him standing at Cambridge he had the heart the lung the will and the brain he had it all and he was a good looking horse. And although Zabeel himself sired the 1997 Melbourne Cup winner along with Jezabeel (1998) and Efficient (2007) Sir Patrick is yet to lift the prize as an owner something that remains his racing Holy Grail. The race that I am going to win that I have not won is the Melbourne Cup it would not matter what it is by and what it is out of as long as I get that Cup. I don t know what year it will be but it will happen. But like many other Australasian owners and breeders Sir Patrick believes that while local staying stallions are in for a battle to beat the foreign invaders to win the Melbourne Cup the influx has also provided great opportunities for the local industry. I think the Australasian breeding industry is the best in the world and proving it. The multiple group-winning stallions with the top pedigrees are coming down you have Darley Coolmore and Arrowfield bringing top stallions and the opportunities are enormous. Zabeel FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM 43 PADDY BARNEY AND SIR PAT (cont) Lonhro Australia and NZ in the past 15 years have been lucky to be able to source the best bloodlines in the world and they are here now and also proving the reverse and taking those progeny to the northern hemisphere to take them on at their own game. Sir Patrick compares the long and detailed training effort required to train a Cup runner with that of preparing for a yearling sales. You have to have the horse at its best on a certain day some yearlings are not good doers so they need extra preparation gross horses if they look too fat and lazy will not appeal to the buyers because they are not athletic. He said if a seller had say 60 yearlings to take to a sale that they all must have good muscle tone shining coats and look healthy. If each yearling in the draft does not look equal to each other there is potential for a tail end to sales. You have to personally observe each horse for at least four months if you just go to the sale with no preparation then buyers are going to start to grade them on type and condition there is certainly an art in it. The day they go through the ring is the day I work towards and no different to Bart Cummings training a horse to have it peak on the first day in November. But precise preparation is not the only nonnegotiable in running a business for the soleoperator another is good staff and Sir Patrick has had eight members with him longer than 25 years and we have had a great ride . Yet another is to know the market. Horse breeding is a high-risk business and I have always been a competitive person and I am conscious even today of each of my competitors and if they are more successful I try to find out why and whether I can improve on what they are doing. And I watch people who make mistakes and I am cautious not to go there. It is a seven-day business and not the kind of business where you can be off the property my advice for young people heading into the horse business or any business is that they have to have a passion. If there is no passion it will become tiring and they will probably not succeed. You have to be prepared to work daylight to dark to study study study you have to be thinking about horses and the business all the time and it certainly has to become easy to you over time. And in this business you will not get there in five minutes. In fact Sir Patrick said it took him 25 years to become established to the stage where he was confident of running a low risk business but that was a consequence of re-investing every dollar earned and just getting stuck in and sticking it out. Champion stallions can be really really dominant in most cases over the mare itself. And that is the case with Zabeel. And I love my marketing and promoting horses. But Sir Patrick saying he enjoys marketing is akin to Gordon Gekko saying that he likes money as for some time Sir Patrick was known as perhaps the best horseflesh salesman on the planet. But even he has a high watermark and believes it was set in 2000 when his Zabeel-Our Diamond Lover colt Don Eduardo entered Auckland s Karaka Sales ring and left a few minutes later with a 3.6 million sold sticker on his rump. Sir Patrick put a reserve of 1.6 million on the colt and expected him to go for 1.8 to 2 million. But he just went on and on and on and it was simply magic. It was nice I have always prided myself on the marketing we do and I pride myself on that result and I don t see it getting beaten anytime soon if ever especially in New Zealand. Sir Patrick himself can no longer count on fingers and toes how many times he has personally received the highest sales aggregate at New Zealand yearling sales or sold the highest priced yearling. He confesses that he is supercompetitive when it comes to winning races selling horses and beating competitors but it is not always about money. In the late 1990s Sir Patrick knocked-back a reported NZ14 million for Zabeel - who at that time had sired Octagonal Might and Power Champagne and Dignity Dancer - and later an increased offer of NZ22 million. He also said that his greatest personal experience through the years has nothing to do with horses but shouting the Queen lunch. Who would have believed that a little country boy from a little dairy farm who decided to have a crack at horses would have gone on this ride thanks to Eight Carat Sir Tristram and Zabeel. The knighthood was humbling but what humbled me the most was when the Queen visited Cambridge. It was a Sunday and she made it quite clear that when she went to Church on that Sunday morning that she did not want a long service because she wanted a day in the country we were overwhelmed the Queen asked whether we would have her for lunch. We sat at our table like we were a family and we had a gin before lunch and we had lunch and a few wines and it could have been my mother visiting for the day. She was just so easy and marvelous. When Sir Tristram died in 1997 age 26 after breaking a shoulder he was buried in a garden on Cambridge Stud with a headstone made of marble imported from Italy. He was interned standing up because Sir Patrick heard great people were buried standing up in some ancient civilizations and he liked the synergy. It can be taken as read that Zabeel will one day stand forever beside his famous father. One fancies that when the time comes Sir Patrick would like to be there beside them both. 44 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM For a one-stop thoroughbred resource... visit arion.co.nz Australia and New Zealand s leading thoroughbred pedigree provider Pedigrees Produce a catalogue-style pedigree in either Magic Millions Inglis or NZ Bloodstock style. 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7646 F (02) 4237 7605 M 0417 293 775 E gerry coralview.net.au Stud Manager Gary Fidler Home (02) 4630 9259 M 0412 174 012 W www.coralviewlodge.com CORAL VIEW LODGE STUD CORNERSTONE STUD CONTACTS PO Box 396 Angaston SA 5353 Sam Hayes Managing Director M 0438 767 227 E sam cornerstonestud.com.au Ph 61 (8) 8561 0000 F 61 (8) 8561 0001 W www.cornerstone.com.au CRESSFIELD CONTACTS Wayne Bedggood Ph 02 6545 0338 M 0419 226 551 or E wayne cressfield.com.au W www.cressfield.com.au 52 FOR DETAILED CATEGORIES WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM PAGES INDUSTRY-DIRECTORY CROMARTRY PARK STUD CONTACTS 4761 Brand Hwy Gingin WA 6503 Ph 08 9575 4045 Olga McKenzie on 0418 194 998 E info cromartrypark.com.au W www.cromartrypark.com.au CONTACTS Rosehill Racecourse M 0412 651 505 F (02) 9968 1352 E davestables bigpond.com W www.racehorsetrainer.com.au nsw metro davidpayne.html DIAMOND MESH FENCING CONTACTS PO Box 153 Mt Martha VIC 3934 Ph 1300 308 186 M 043 976 1247 E info diamondmesh.com.au W www.diamondmesh.com.au 53 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