Just three days out from the running of the world's richest juvenile race, the Aus$3.5-million Golden Slipper Stakes (Aust-I) at Rosehill Gardens, two major Australian stud farms have taken pro-active steps and gambled millions.
Australia witnessed a new staying star emerge when the lightly raced Dealer Principal (Flying Spur-Volte) came with a powerful well-timed run to win the Dubai Rosehill Guineas (Aust-I) April 12 over 10 furlongs at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney.
Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population.
- By Ric Chapman
If Weekend Hussler is the best 3-year-old in Australia, then Forensics is the best 3-year-old filly and probably the second best sophomore -- period.
If Weekend Hussler is the best 3-year-old in Australia, then Forensics is the best 3-year-old filly and probably the second best sophomore-- period.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have found that the majority of lesions found radiographically in sale yearlings have no effect on their racetrack performance when they are 2 and 3 years old.
Pinhooker John Brocklebank purchases session topper as Magic Millions sale ends.
American pinhooker John Brocklebank is going to bring his own staff out to prepare all the horses he has purchased at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale, which is nearly finished.
A colt by Exceed and Excel was the top seller March 31 during the sixth session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. Consigned by Woodlands Stud, agent, the colt was purchased by Queensland-based buyer Alan Acton for $210,000.
The 171 yearlings sold grossed Aust$5,518,000 March 30 during the fifth session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. Their average price was Aust$32,269.
Miss Andretti, one of the greatest sprinters in the world, is upset in the Robert Sangster Stakes in Australia
In the group I Royal Randwick Guineas in Australia, brothers Brad and Nash Rawiller thrill the crowd by finishing inches apart.
Two colts by Redoute's Choice each bring Aust$2.2 million at Magic Millions sale.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Honour and Glory had modest success in the Northern Hemisphere with 4% stakes winners from 773 foals and even less success in Australia. But the son of Relaunch is enjoying a stud career revival in South America, where his first Argentinian crop has already yielded seven stakes winners (7.4%) and the racing year isn't over.
Patinack Farm bought 19 yearlings during the Magic Millions sale's third session.
Redoute's Choice colt sells for Aust$1 million during second session.
Redoute's Choice colt brings Aust$725,000 as Magic Millions Sale opens in Australia.
Heart of the Citi captured the third Magic Millions Trophy at the Gold Coast on March 24. His half-brother, by Rock of Gilbraltar, is catalogued to sell during the Magic Millions yearling sale on March 31.
- By Ric Chapman
Jockey Tim Clark wins his first group I win with Typhoon Zed in the Galaxy Handicap March 22.
Former coal miner Nathan Tinkler has been investing in the industry and now has his first big winner in Casino Prince, winner of the group I Chipping Norton Stakes.
Local South Australian trainer Leon Macdonald, an astute judge of horse flesh, paid top price of $160,000 for a filly by Coolmore shuttler Galileo at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
After taking the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I) on March 8, Weekend Hussler became Australia's best 3-year-old sprinter. He carried the highest weight ever by a 3-year-old and beat older horses.
Thirty-two days ago a horse named Light Fantastic raced at a lowly Victorian country track named Kyneton. On March 8 at Flemington in the group I Australian Cadbury Guineas worth $750,000, that same horse held off some of the best 3-year-olds in Australia.
The Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in Australia ended Thursday with records for gross, average and median and a new sale record of Aus$750,000 paid by Darley Australia for a son of Exceed And Excel on Tuesday.
A daughter of Encosta de Lago brought Aus$490,000 to lead all lots sold in the Inglis Premier Sale March 3 at the Oaklands Junction complex in Melbourne, Australia.
The Inglis Premier Sale, conducted annually in Melbourne at the Oaklands Junction complex, began March 2 where Karaka in New Zealand left off last month -- with a bang.
Eclipse Award winners Bernardini and Street Sense will be headed to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Australia for the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season once their duties are completed at Darley near Lexington.
Saturday's listed AJC Gimcrack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Royal Randwick in Australia on Saturday will be sponsored by the Keeneland Association.
- By Ric Chapman
"Get on this, he is unbeatable today," declared trainer Ross McDonald as his powerhouse 3-year-old Weekend Hussler was lining up for a return to racing in the group I, Oakleigh Plate over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb 23.
Grade I winner Good Journey was represented by his first stakes winner Feb. 16, when his 3-year-old son Sound Journey won the Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley for trainer Mick Price.
With entries for the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale closing Feb. 22, Inglis confirmed the auction will feature the complete unreserved dispersal of the Swettenham Stud broodmare band.
Apache Cat, the most popular racehorse in Australia, added not only to his growing bag of group I wins, but pretty much convinced his connections a trip to England is now a viable option after he blew away a top class field in the six-furlong Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Traditionally a brilliant stallion making race, this year's rivetting rendition boasted nine previous group I winners, and the remaining seven runners had all placed at group I level.
William Inglis & Son will offer sellers several incentives this year.
Tattersalls purchased the share in William Inglis and Son that was owned by Reg Inglis, former chief executive officer.
The upcoming years in Australia will be effected in many ways following the devastation that was equine influenza, in particular on the racetracks. For instance, while Victoria remained, astonishingly, EI free for the duration of the crisis in Australia, broodmare owners in Victoria had no option but to send their mares to Victorian based stallions. As a result we now have a set of statistics that defy belief.
- By Ric Chapman
The American equivalent would have been Bill Shoemaker, or in more recent times Pat Day. That's the sort of lofty esteem that international jockey George Moore was held in. Australia's greatest rider, George "Cotton Fingers" Moore, died Jan. 8.
- By Ric Chapman
Jockey George Moore, who Australians would put in the same category as sports stars Bill Shoemaker and Tiger Woods, died Jan. 8 in a Sydney nursing home. Moore was 84.
Swettenham Stud has announced that millionaire Host, winner of the Jan. 4 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), will stand the 2008 breeding season at its Nagambie property in Victoria, Australia.
Only 114 days following the discovery of equine influenza (EI) at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia, 66 sale horses from New South Wales will make the journey across the Murray River into Victoria on Monday.
Host, a grade I winner for owner Eugene Melnyk, has been bought by an Australian group that will stand him at stud.
There was no black type involved and the race was only worth $100,000, but the clash of group I sprinting Australian icons Takeover Target and Dance Hero over six furlongs at Royal Randwick on Saturday was as good an advertisement for horse racing as could be.
It is fitting that global sprinting icon Takeover Target will headline the much anticipated return to Sydney racing as fans flock to the meet at Royal Randwick this Saturday
New sire Catcher In The Rye was the sire of a colt that sizzled a furlong in :10.15 at the Magic Millions breeze ups last week.
Miss Andretti is widely regarded as the best sprinter on the planet. She leads the Global Sprint Challenge, is now in Hong Kong readying herself for the $2.5-million Cathay Pacific International Sprint (HK-I), and on Nov. 26 in Australia she was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey are pursuing a major business venture in Australia with their homebred champion Kitten's Joy and are considering another.
Australian health officials didn't seem too concerned when stallion Encosta de Lago arrived in late August at the Eastern Quarantine facility with an elevated temperature and nasal discharge, according to a groom with Coolmore. The groom also told a judge leading an inquiry into an outbreak of equine influenza that procedures for monitoring the people going in and out of the quarantine were not being followed closely.
El Presidente made it four in a row when he won the Group I Railway Stakes. The gelding by Dante's Fury won the $1-million race over Hartley's Dream and Mansion House.
Inquiry reveals that five stallions being shipped from Japan to Australia were not checked when they arrive in Sydney because the plan had stopped in Melbourne first. One of the five stallions, Black Hawk, didn't even make it to Sydney even though the health certificate indicated the stallion should have been on board.
The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.
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