Makybe Diva produced a stunning victory in the 143rd Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), landing more than $1 million (Australian funds) in winning bets for her South Australian-based owner Tony Santic.
From the moment Danehill colts Kempinsky and Elvstroem staged their Derby-prep war at Moonee Valley, they dominated discussions for the 149th Victoria Derby (Aust-I). Such prep performances invariably incur an awesome weight of expectation.
Timbourina could provide Timber Country with his first group I winner outside Japan in the $625,000 (Australian funds) Victoria Oaks (Aust-I and 2,500 meters) at Melbourne's Flemington oval on Nov. 6.
As if to foreshadow several upsets-in-waiting at Santa Anita during the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Fields of Omagh sprung a 16-1 surprise in the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) at Melbourne, Australia, on the same day (Oct. 25).
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.
Mummify, a horse with a name which might belong in antiquity, wrapped up the 126th Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 18 with a wire-to-wire win.
Lonhro is an odds-on quote to win the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 25 after easily defending the Oct. 11 Caulfield Stakes (Aust-I).
Chief's Crown son Beautiful Crown collected his first classic success when his first crop son In Top Swing won the $1 million (Australian funds) Caulfield Guineas (Aust-I) at Melbourne Oct. 11.
Hussonet, whose daughter Wild Spirit won the Sept. 13 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), will stand at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington in 2004.
Jack Ingham, who with his brother, Bob, comprised the leading entity among Australian Thoroughbred owners and breeders, died today, the Australian Associated Press reported. He was 74.
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.
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.
Northerly, who won the Cox Plate (Aust-I) and Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) was named Australia's Horse of the Year for 2003 at a dinner at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
The Australian sale company William Inglis & Son will offer a new Aus$1 million ($667,120 in U.S. funds) race for 2-year-olds in the fall of 2005 at Melbourne.
Liberty Rose, a stakes-winning daughter of Royal Academy, brought Aus$155,000 ($102,911 in U.S. funds) Wednesday to top the final session of William Inglis & Son's June weanling and Thoroughbred sale at Oaklands in Australia.
Private Steer's soft win in the $1 million (Australian funds) Stradbroke Handicap (Aust-I) on June 7 again underscored the long-term value of the recently deceased Danehill.
It was no great surprise that Half Hennessy supplied the first group I classic win for his sire in the $500,000 (Australian funds) Queensland Derby (Aust-I) on June 7. It was the manner in which he dispatched his 13 rivals that provided the shock.
Vin Cox, who recently established his own bloodstock agency following a longtime association with William Inglis and Son Ltd, will represent Keeneland in Australasia.
The dispersal of breeding stock owned by Jim O'Connor's Milluna Stud was held yesterday at One Tree Hill in South Australia. It was conducted by William Inglis & Son.
After 40 years as a leading breeding operation, Jim O'Connor's Milluna Stud yesterday dispersed it stock at One Tree Hill in South Australia. The auction was conducted by William Inglis & Son.
As Royal Academy rests up before his eighth year of dual hemisphere work his best southern son, Bel Esprit, broke through for a belated group I at three in the $500,000 (Australian funds) Doomben 10,000 (Aust-I) in Brisbane May 17.
It has taken three sets of five inductees since Australia set up its Racing Hall of Fame almost three years ago, but Tobin Bronze is now a resident.
La Bella Dama (in foal to Giant's Causeway) brought the top price of Aus$625,000 at the Magic Millions select national broodmare sale Tuesday in Australia.
A filly by Redoute's Choice brought Aus$110,000 Monday to top the Magic Millions national weanling sale, which recorded its highest-ever gross revenue of Aus$2,025,450.
The Magic Millions national winter yearling sale in Australia Sunday sold its most expensive horse ever -- an Aus$300,000 Danehill colt -- and established another record for gross revenue of Aus$2,650,450.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse broke the record of six group I wins over the 4-day Australian Jockey Club's Fall meeting when Hasna easily won the Champagne Stakes (Aust-I) on the final day, May 3.
The Australian broodmare sale ended at Newmarket Thursday with a gross of Aus$18,678,650 and an average price of Aus$40,169 for the 465 horses sold.
The average price rose 31% from a year ago and the gross revenue increased 27% Monday during the Australian select weanling sale conducted by William Inglis & Son at Newmarket.
A Rory's Jester colt brought the top price of Aus$65,000 at William Inglis & Son's San Miguel sires' produce yearling sale Sunday.
A more buoyant third session did much to restore the fortunes of the Australian Easter yearling sale, which concluded Thursday in Sydney.
A Sunday Silence colt set the Australian Easter yearling alight during the the second session Wednesday, fetching a sale record price of Aus$1.7 million ($1,056,414).
The Australian Easter yearling sale posted a diminished average of Aus$131,772 (approximately $80,983) during its opening session Tuesday in Sydney, Australia. It represented an almost Aus$25,000 retreat on the previous year's opener.
Hennessy landed his first Australian group I win as his 4 year-old son Grand Armee raced to a brilliant 3 1/2 length victory in the $2.5 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap on April 19.
The largest out-of-competition drug-testing raid in Australian history Monday at Randwick racecourse produced no positive tests. The practice was introduced in Australia last October.
Dare To Win, a winning 6-year-old gelding by Danewin, brought the top price of $17,000 (approximately $10,312 in U.S. funds) Friday during the William Inglis & Son Easter Thoroughbred mixed sale at Newmarket in Australia.
An Octagonal -- Ju Jitsu filly sold for $55,000 ($32,951 in U.S. funds) Tuesday to top the second and final session of the William Inglis & Son autumn yearling sale in Melbourne, Australia.
A Distorted Humor colt sold for $40,000 (approximately $26,976 in U.S. funds) Monday to top the first session of William Inglis & Son's autumn yearling sale at the Oaklands Complex in Melbourne, Australia.
Rosehill's Rawson Stakes is the race which saw Australia's greatest ever upset in a horse race when Ajax was beaten at 40-1 on in 1939.
Tom Simon was present to see the southern chapter of his Vinery operation record its first group I success when the aptly named Bollinger led almost wire-to-wire to secure a clear-cut victory in the Coolmore Stakes (Aust-I).
Fine Society provided the largest southern payout for Hong Kong owner William Choy with her demolition of the males in the first leg of Australia's Triple Crown, the $400,000 (Australian funds) Canterbury Guineas (Aust-I).
Anabaa colt Yell continued his rout of the older horses in the Australia Stakes (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on March 22, stretching successive group I victories to three and his winning sequence to five.
After 40 years in the breeding industry Mr. Jim O'Connor has made the decision to retire from the commercial breeding world and disperse his Milluna Stud. The sale will be conducted by William Inglis & Son on the stud at One Tree Hill, South Australia, on May 20, the day after the Adelaide Cup.
William Inglis & Son Ltd have catalogued 330 weanlings and 750 broodmares for its 2003 Weanling and Broodmare Sale. The Directors of William Inglis & Son Ltd announced earlier the change of sale dates to accommodate for the international and interstate guests that will be attending the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, which will be held one week prior to the Weanling and Broodmare sale and the Sires' Produce Yearling Sale on April 27.
Lonhro is likely to have taken a step closer to a confrontation with Australia's leading Thoroughbred, Northerly, with a facile win in the $250,000 (Australian funds) Chipping Norton Stakes (Aust-I) at Sydney's Warwick Farm March 15.
Perth's premier yearling sale bucked the downward trend in posting a record average of $24,791 (Australian Funds).
John Kelly, patriarch of Australia's high-ranking Newhaven Park, died on Feb. 22 at age 86. A highly-respected figure in the Australian Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry, Kelly had been ill for several years.
Contender, a bay gelding who has won two races, brought the top price of 25,000 Australian dollars (approximately $14,968 in U.S. funds) Friday during William Inglis & Son summer Thoroughbred mixed sale at Newmarket in Australia.
A Centre Stalls -- Press To Play colt brought the top price of 44,000 Australian dollars (approximately $26,343 in U.S. funds) Friday as the Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale closed with its summer session.
Adelaide's Magic Millions contained a record high Danehill colt at $260,000, but the second-tier yearling sale returned reduced figures on the previous year.
Leading trainer Gai Waterhouse set a Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale record when she paid 250,000 Australian dollars (approximately $147,485 in U.S. funds) for a colt by Danehill at the opening session on Wednesday.
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