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Darley Continues Buying Spree Down Under

It seems purchasing sprinting sensation Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona) for A$22 million (U.S. $16.9 million) last month wasn't enough for the ever-expanding Darley in Australia. The big boys have just grown a tad more and in the interim again turned the screws on all Australian stud rivals by buying Australia's best 3-year-old Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass) for A$20 million (U.S.$15.3 million) overnight.

Numerous Times to Stud in Australia

Numerous Times, winner of the 2001 Atto Mile Stakes (Can-I) in course-record time of 1:32.79 at Woodbine en route to a title as Canada's champion male turf runner, was sold to Australian interests for stud duty.

Magic Millions Premier Sale Posts Record Average

The Magic Millions Gold Coast premier yearling sale ended with a record average of Aus$16,464 (U.S.$12,400) for the 366 yearlings sold. The gross revenue climbed to Aus$6,026,000 (U.S.$4,517,400), almost double the 2003 figure.

Australian Wonder Filly May Head to U.S.

If American racegoers loved the true grit Australasian filly Happyanunoit displayed a few years back when she was sent to race in the U.S., they will go crazy when they see Australian sensation Special Harmony.

Lonhro Wins Dramatic Australian Cup

Into his final couple of races in his hometown of Sydney, Lonhro owns a strike rate of 75% and change. But the champion was mugged on the way to his 10th group I victory in his final Melbourne appearance Monday, his 22nd in a row as the betting favorite.

Pat Glennon, Rode the Great Sea-Bird II, Dies

Pat Glennon, the Australian jockey who thrilled racegoers with triumphs aboard Sea-Bird II in the 1965 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Epsom Derby in Europe, died Feb. 15 in Adelaide, South Australia, after a short illness.

Regimental Gal Snatches Lightning Stakes Win

The military stamped Australia's speed championship in Melbourne on Feb. 9. The cavalry arrived in the nick of time as Regimental Gal rushed down Flemington's grandstand rail to collar the 13-4 favorite Our Egyptian Raine (by Desert Sun) at the wire in the Lightning Stakes (Aust-I).

Australian Breeders Merge Two Bodies

Australia's Thoroughbred breeders have taken a significant step toward unity with a merger of its two leading bodies. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse jointly announced their amalgamation in a press statement earlier this month.

Eight to Go in Cox Plate

A field of eight runners was finalized today for the 82nd running of the Carlton Draught Cox Plate (Aus-I) to be run October 24. First race post time is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. EDT on Breeders' Cup eve, post time for the Cox Plate is set for 1:00 a.m. EDT.

Coolmore Purchases Sprint Star Choisir

Australian sprint sensation Choisir has been purchased by Coolmore Stud - subject to a veterinary inspection - following his excellent effort in yesterday's Darley July Cup. The son of rising star Danehill Dancer will go into quarantine in Ireland before shuttling to Coolmore Australia for the upcoming stud season.

Australian Body Studies Group Race Structure

The Australian Group and Listed Races Advisory Group conducted it's annual meeting outside Brisbane on July 3-5. It was decided there was no justification for the total number of black type races in Australia to be increased or decreased from the current 540-550 range.

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