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Encosta De Lago Filly Tops San Miguel Sale's First Session In Australia

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A filly by Encosta de Lago brought the top price of $140,000 (approximately $71,456 in U.S. funds) during the first session of the San Miguel premier yearling sale in Australia Sunday. William Inglis and Son, which conducts the auction, purchased her for a client of trainer Bart Cummings' stable. Produced from the winning Bellotto mare Lottey, the filly is a full-sister to Gold Lottey, who had won the VRC Vanity Stakes (Aus-III) on Saturday.

Australian Sale's Results Fall Short Of Last Year's Record Pace

The Classic yearling sale in Australia ended on Tuesday with gross revenues of $9,958,000 ($5,392,257) for the 342 yearlings sold during two sessions. The average price was $29,117 ($15,767). While the statistics fell short of last year's record-breaking figures, the sale still ranked as the second most successful summer yearling sale ever held at Newmarket.

Gold Fever Colt Tops First Session Of Classic Sale In Australia

A Gold Fever colt brought the top price of $180,000 ($97,470 American) Monday during the first session of the Classic yearling sale conducted by William Inglis & Son in Australia. Consigned by Reaville Farm, he was purchased by Sam Li for his Pastore Pty. Ltd. racing syndicate. Li also bought two Strategic colts for $75,000 ($40,612) and $50,000 ($27,075).

Danehill Colt Sets Magic Millions Record

A full brother to Golden Slipper winner Catbird brought $1.1 million (Australian) Sunday at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale, setting a record for the Gold Coast-based Magic Millions Sales company in Australia.

Thunder Gulch Rises to Top of 2001 Sire List

The rise of Thunder Gulch from champion 3-year-old male to leading sire has been meteoric to say the least. Just six years removed from a championship season as North America's top sophomore, and with just three crops of racing age, the son of Gulch has made it to the apex of the sire charts.

Flying Spur Gelding Tops Australian Sale

Centurian, a 4-year-old gelding by Flying Spur, brought the top price of $40,000 (Australian) at William Inglis & Son's December mixed sale in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Magic Millions Adelaide purchased Centurian from a dispersal of horses owned by Group One Racing Club. Produced from the Noalcoholic mare Eccentricity, Centurian has won two of his 18 career races.

Magical Miss Wins Victoria Oaks

Living legend Bart Cummings won his eighth Victoria Oaks (Aust-I) when the Danehill filly Magical Miss strolled home a 4 1/2-length winner in the 141st edition at Flemington. Zabeel filly Manang nosed out Lil Lo Lill (by Umatilla) for second. The 2:34.7 time equalled the 28-year race record.

Silvano Arrives in Australia for Cox Plate

Silvano, the impressive winner of this summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT), arrived in Australia on Oct. 9 for the eighth leg of the World Series Racing Championship -- -the Carlton Draught Cox Plate (Aust-I).

Australian 'Breeze-Up' Sale Sets Records

Records for gross revenues and average price were established during the the Australian "breeze-up" sale of 2-year-olds conducted by William Inglis & Son on Friday. In addition, 19 horses sold for prices of $100,000 (Australian) or more.

Sunline Back in the Winner's Circle

Sunline defended her Memsie (Aust-II) Stakes easily enough at Melbourne's Caulfield on Sept. 1, snapping a three race losing streak that started in Dubai. Relief seemed the most obvious emotion of the crowd that she returned to what she does best--winning.

Australians Banned From Online Wagering

Australians have effectively been banned from gambling with online casinos. The Australian Federal Government made several 11th-hour compromises to get its watered-down internet gambling bill through the Senate stage on June 28. As the bill was passed at the final sitting before the winter recess, it became illegal for Australians to bet with online casinos offshore as well as domestically.

Australia Lifts Ban on European Imports

The Australian Government has lifted its temporary suspension on the movement of Thoroughbreds to Australia from Europe. The official announcement came May 17 through Biosecurity Australia, a department of the Government agency covering agriculture, fisheries and forestry. It means that Danehill and the other 36 stallions scheduled to shuttle to Australia in early August can proceed.

Australia Import Ban To Change Tuesday

The Australia import ban on horses from England and Ireland, put in place last week because of the foot and mouth disease outbreak, may soon be lifted, the Australian Associated Press reported Monday.

Australia Denies Ban is Political

Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service media officer Carson Creagh denied AQIS was succumbing to political pressure with its import ban and denied that the decision was not based on scientific motivation, a charge levelled by Quentin Wallace and John Messara , the CEOs of International Racehorse Transport and Arrowfield Stud.

Australia Expands Ban to All of Europe

Australian quarantine officials reacted quickly to the confirmed case of Foot and Mouth disease in France by expanding its horse ban to the whole European Union. Australia's Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) stated the import ban would also apply to any other country in which foot- and-mouth disease is endemic, or in which there is an outbreak. This means Argentina was an immediate and automatic inclusion to those 'temporarily suspended'.

Shuttlers Should Be Safe From Foot and Mouth<br>

Appalling livestock losses in England caused by the foot-and-mouth (FMD) outbreaks are unlikely to affect the general movement of shuttle stallions from Britain. The situation could change, however, if the measures taken by English authorities fail to control the disease over the next six to eight weeks.

All Points North

Northerly trounced a strong field in winning the Australian Cup (Aust-I) at Flemington March 12. With the exception of Sunline, now in Dubai, and Tie the Knot, the best horses in training assembled in Melbourne's main fall event over 2,000 meters.

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