This time Man of Illusion had a clean trip. In his first start in this country, the Australian-bred horse had tons of trouble and still was beaten only two lengths in Keeneland's Shakertown (gr. IIIT). Friday, he had clear sailing and won the $116,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Marju Snip, a daughter of a former shuttling son of Last Tycoon, collected the biggest southern success for her sire in taking the Australasian Oaks (Aust-I) at Morphettville April 29.
The Australian select broodmare sale concluded at Newmarket Tuesday with 474 lots achieving an average price of Aust$53,668 and a total aggregate of Aust $25,438,650.
The major international buyers have left Australia, but as day one of the Australian weanling and boodmare sale ended in Sydney on Sunday, it was obvious the buzz they created last week at the yearling auction still hung over the crowd.
Eremein, a belated southern advertisement for his sire, Timber Country, took his earnings past $4 million (Australian funds) in winning the $800,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aust-I) at Randwick April 22.
Serenade Rose completed her domination of Australasia's 3-year-old filly stayers with a decisive victory in the Australian Oaks (Aust-I) at Randwick April 19.
A new era dawned in Australia as the record-breaking 2006 Australian Easter yearling sale concluded at Newmarket on Thursday.
At the Inglis Australian Easter Sale, on Wednesday 19 April, a son of Redoute's Choice from the mare Deja Slew (by Slew O' Gold) broke the all-time Australian yearling record when he reached a bid of AUS$3 million (US$2.4 million).
Redoute's Choice now has had winners in seven different countries. And this from just three crops of racing age. He's had black type winners in four of those countries.
In the sales ring in his home of Sydney, Australia April 18 at the Australian Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the awesome might of this young stallion was flexed. He topped the sale with a $2-million colt.
Bargains are relative, of course, but the Australian Easter yearling sale which starts April 18 gained a wonderful 'hook' on its eve when Racing to Win landed the $2 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap (Aust-I) at nearby Randwick.
Shuttle and former shuttle stallions achieved a 75% success rate in group I races in Australia April 16, accounting for three of the four winners.
Danzig grandson Headturner proved himself the best 3-year-old stayer in the country April 15 with a decisive win in the Australian Derby (Aust-I).
Miss Finland, the 50th winner of the Golden Slipper (Aust-I), is a legacy of an arrangement between Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara and the late Sheikh Maktoum.
Trainer David Hayes followed in his famous father's footsteps when Miss Finland took out the $3 million Golden Slipper (AUS-I) at Rosehill Gardens Saturday.
Quest for Fame son De Beers sprang an April Fool surprise at 16-1 in the second leg of Australia's Triple Crown, the Rosehill Guineas (Aust-I).
Hotel Grand ensured the potentially monumental switch in Australia's Triple Crown seem a smooth transition with a grand success in the first edition of the Randwick Guineas (Aust-I) March 18.
Just about every keen judge of horseflesh in Australia got it wrong as the curtain fell on the main sessions at Adelaide's Magic Millions Yearling Sale Thursday in Australia.
This time last year, South Australian trainer Mark Kavanagh was allowed to spend $380,000 of someone else's money. He ended up buying the top lot at the Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale.
A group of 10 owners gained a dream result with Roman Arch in the rich Australian Cup March 11. Six weeks after they paid $100,000 (Australian funds) for the seemingly out-of-form 7-year-old, they shared the $600,000 first prize in Flemington's $1 million weight-for-age feature.
On Monday in Melbourne, the Inglis premier yearling sale opened with a record. It was day two of the auction, early in the coolish morning, but the bidding was on fire.
The 2006 Inglis premier yearling sale in Melbourne, which opened on Sunday in Australia, continued the global trend of buyers willing to spend on well-topped, muscular yearlings.
It was Snitzel [schnitzel] with the works in Melbourne Feb. 26, his win in the 122nd Oakleigh Plate (Aust-I) completing a double for his white-hot Danehill sire Redoute's Choice.
New Zealand sire Zabeel, a leading sire in Australia and New Zealand, sired his 100th stakes winner.
The ploy by Magic Millions' senior staff to lure Sydney-based bloodstock agent Kieran Moore all the way across Australia to visit the Perth yearling sale, which ended Wednesday, proved a masterstroke.
The Australian annual "Summer of Selling" continued on Tuesday with the yearling caravan moving to Perth in Western Australia.
Perfect Promise racked up another series of firsts in taking the C.F. Orr Stakes (Aust-I) at Caulfield Feb. 11.
The two-day Inglis Classic yearling sale, conducted in Sydney, Australia, ended Monday with its highest-ever average and median prices.
Figures from the Australian Stud Book reveal that Encosta de Lago set a new mark for number of mares covered in 2005.
The momentum slowed, only just enough for everyone to catch their collective breaths, but still earnest bidding highlighted day 4 on a balmy Sunday at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Australia.
Another record was smashed during Saturday's day three of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Australia when Graeme Rogerson bought a massive, speed-looking colt by Red Ransom from Savannah Success for $1,550,000 from Magic Millions co-owner Gerry Harvey.
Lee Fleming, owner of Eliza Park Stud in Victoria, was the star attraction as day two of the Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Australia concluded Friday.
A record bid by a relative unknown highlighted day one of the massive Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Australia.
William Inglis & Son, a leading auction house in Australia, announced it will begin paying a subsidy to overseas visitors who make purchases at the 2006 Australian Easter yearling sale in Sydney.
Adam Sangster has acquired the interests of the Hayes family in Collingrove Stud at Nagambie in Victoria, Australia.
Generally the low key November monthly horses-in-work sale at the Magic Millions Gold Coast complex is just that – low key.
Dehere, who started his stud career at Ashford Stud and later was sold to stand in Japan, is returning to John Magnier and partners farm near Versailles, Ky., to stand in 2006.
Serenade Rose easily won the $775,000 (Australian funds) Victoria Oaks (Aust-I) Nov. 3 to provide the Ashford-rostered Stravinsky with his most important southern success.
Footstepsinthesand, who was retired in June unbeaten in three starts, will stand at stud in 2006 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Minutes after providing Australia with one of its greatest sporting moments with a three-peat win in the $5.1 million (Australian funds) Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), Makybe Diva was retired by her owners Tony and Christine Santic.
Into its second year, the Inglis ready-to-run sale of 2-year-olds proved to be a winner on Monday in Melbourne, Australia.
Before a record Derby day crowd of 115,600 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, Benicio, a Vinery-bred colt by More Than Ready, laid the foundation for a stud career in winning the 152nd Victoria Derby (Aust-I) Oct 29.
The first part of the wait is over. Makybe Diva was given the green light Saturday (Oct. 29) to attempt an unprecedented third straight win in the $5 million (Australian funds) Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) Nov 1.
Makybe Diva is a heavy 6-4 pre-post favorite to add the $3-million (Australian funds) W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 22. Bookmaking firms nationally reported an avalanche of money for the Diva on the eve of the race.
Reigning Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva is the hot favorite for Friday's W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) at Moonee Valley.
Should Japan owner Shunsuke Yoshida accept the challenge of running Eye Popper in the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), he should be assured of a greater representation from his country's media at Flemington Nov. 1 than witnessed the horse's grand Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) second Oct. 15.
Leading Australian horse Mummify was euthanized Oct. 16, less than a day after his career-ending third when attempting to repeat his 2003 Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) success.
Barely a Moment collected his second consecutive group I and third overall in taking the Toorak Handicap (Aust-I) on the first of the three-day Melboune Racing Club's Spring Carnival Oct 8.
Bart Cummings has crammed everything into his almost 80 years, the vast majority with horses despite a lifelong allergy to Lucerne. The trainer is a national living treasure.
Hotel Grand, winner of the Spring Champion Stakes (Aust-I) at Randwick Oct 1, could attempt to emulate last year's winner, Savabeel, by taking the Cox Plate (Aust-I) at three.
The pundits were right about the Epsom (Aust-I) winner coming from the barn of Gai Waterhouse, but Desert War, the longest-priced of the quartet at 13-1, provided something of an upset in successfully defending his title.
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