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Hong Kong, Australia at Odds Over Jockey

Relations between international racing organizations are in a rare state of strain after Racing NSW in Australia chose to set aside the decision of Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards to disqualify jockey Chris Munce until September 2009. Munce, who was recently released after serving 20 months in jail, is now expected to return to race riding in Sydney the week of Dec. 7.

Trainer Has Ambitious Plan for 'Hussler'

Ross McDonald, trainer of brilliant Australian galloper Weekend Hussler, has announced a sweeping international agenda for the seven-time group I winner early next year in which he aims to become the first horse to tackle all four legs of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).

Magic Millions Sale Has 1,327 Yearlings

The catalog for the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale in Australia has been finalized and can be viewed online at www.magicmillions.com.au. There 1,327 horses entered in the auction, which begins Jan. 7, 2009. Other sessions will be held Jan. 8-11 and Jan. 15 and 16.

Red Ransom Colt Sets Pace in Australia

A Red Ransom -- Joie colt brought the top price of Aust$180,000 Oct. 30 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale in Australia.

Top Aussie Sprinter Poised to Show More

Top Aussie Sprinter Poised to Show More

MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter

Whobegotyou is the best runner to date by Street Cry, who shuttled for four years to Australia. The top-notch sprinter performed like a superstar in The Age Caulfield Guineas (Aus-I) is now poised to show what he can do at distances longer than a mile. Whobegotyou is inbred to Mr. Prospector and Riverman, both within four generations.

Aussies Fear EI Outbreak

There is no need to fear or panic...well, maybe just a little need, as the arriving shipment of overseas horses to the now infamous Eastern Creek Quarantine facility in Sydney revealed a health risk Sept. 24.

Mare Sets Victorian Record In Australia

Danevade, the dual group-placed full sister to Shania Dane and Scintillation, set a broodmare record for the Australian state of Victoria when she brought Aus.$1,050,000 during the opening session of the William Inglis & Son August Thoroughbred mixed auction in Melbourne Aug. 14.

More Than Ready Filly Tops at Inglis

A $625,000 More Than Ready filly from regally-related Danehill mare Milanova highlighted a strong opening day of selling at the Inglis Australian select weanling sale in Sydney, Australia.

Filly Wins Queensland Derby

A filly, one of only three in the field of 20, came swishing down the center of the Eagle Farm track to capture the group I Queensland Derby over 12 furlongs in Brisbane June 7.

General Session Ends Weanling Sale

The record-breaking 2008 Magic Millions national weanling sale came to a close Friday on Australia's Gold Coast with a general session that generated a gross of Aust$496,600 for the 132 yearlings sold.

Magic Millions Sale Sets Records

The select portion of the Magic Millions national weanling sale ended its three-day run on Australia's Gold Coast Thursday with a record gross of Aust$19,581,750 and a record average price of Aust$46,846 for the 416 horses sold.

Sarrera Wins Doomben Cup

He started nearly 50/1 last start and won at group I level in Sydney impressively beating a strong field. So why was Sarrera friendless again May 17 in Brisbane when lining up for another group I, this time the 10 furlongs Doomben Cup?

Apache Cat Snatches Another Group I

The people's champion of Australian racing, the colorfully marked Apache Cat (Lion Cavern--Tennessee Blaze) was given a stirring test at his first run at Queensland, but came out of it the winner he is--chalking up in the process his fourth straight group I victory.

Gross Up at Inglis Broodmare Sale

Gross Up at  Inglis Broodmare Sale

The strong competition among buyers at the William Inglis & Son Australian broodmare sale continued May 5 on the select portion's second day, with the overall gross finishing well up on last year.

More Than Ready's Fee Jumps

More Than Ready's Fee Jumps

More Than Ready, who figures to top this season's Australian 2-year-old sires list, has had his stud fee bumped to $110,000 (approximately $103,000 in U.S. funds) for this year's Australian bookings.

No Wine No Song Wins Sydney Cup

Just 40 minutes after breaking a soul-zapping run of group I seconds, jockey Damien Oliver made it two group I wins in a row with a score in the Syndey Cup.

Oliver Takes Back-to-Back Group I Wins

Just 40 minutes after breaking a soul-zapping run of group I second placings, Damien Oliver made it two group I wins in a row when he magnificently steered the vastly improved, Sydney based stayer No Wine No Song to victory in the time-honored group I $600,000 Sydney Cup over two miles at Royal Randwick May 3.

Damien Oliver Back on Track

There has been unprecedented media coverage over the past week in Australia about the seemingly incredible amount of bad luck champion jockey Damien Oliver has had in group I races since last November. He has ridden just one group I winner in that time, but has amazingly been placed 19 times 10 of them as the runner-up, with one of them narrowly in the Melbourne Cup.

New Zealand-Breds Score in Aussie Derby

New Zealand-Breds Score in Aussie Derby

The introduction of shuttlers and the vast improvement in the breeding industry in New Zealand over the past 10 years are starting to pay big dividends for the Kiwis now. This was showcased on a heavy turf track at Royal Randwick in Sydney April 26, when two Kiwi-bred and -trained horses ran first and second in the Aus$1.8 million (U.S $1.7 million) group I David Jones AJC Australian Derby.

Boss Back From Hong Kong for Another Win

Boss Back From Hong Kong for Another Win

Glen Boss by name and certainly boss of the group I Doncaster Handicap by nature as the champion rider, who now lives in Hong Kong, swept away his fifth Doncaster with a faultless display aboard the brilliant 3-year-old Triple Honour at Royal Randwick April 26.

Shamardal Colt Shines in Australia

In spite of the pouring rain that just would not stop, business on the brand new "Day 4" of the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale in Australia was better than most expected, with an average price of Aust$83,134 and a gross of Aust$9,643,000 for the 116 horses sold.

'Redoute's' Colt Is An Easter Star

'Redoute's' Colt  Is An Easter Star

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson and Bob Ingham locked horns Tuesday during the third session of the Inglis Easter national yearling sale in Australia, and the battle produced a stunner. Ferguson was the winner, landing a Redoute's Choice colt for Aust$2.5 million (approximately $2.1 million in U.S. funds).

Easter Yearling Sale Soars on Day 2

If what Inglis & Sons CEO Mark Webster said is true about day three of the national Easter yearling sale being the best, then the Tuesday, April 22 session will be pure theater of the highest standard.

Easter Sale Gets Off to Fast Start

Sunday's opening session of the revamped Inglis national Easter yearling sale got off to an absolute flyer in Australia, with vendors reaping the rewards. It was the best start in the auction's history.

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