Filly confirms potential with stakes victory
29 March 2014

The Robert Smerdon-trained Every Faith (Not a Single Doubt x Zephyria) won an $80,000 stakes race for fillies in Adelaide today. Although the win was only her second, the filly, a $28,000 weanling, did perform well in Melbourne last spring, running sixth in the Edward Manifold and fifth in Kirramosa's VRC Oaks. The dam has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

The Northern Hemisphere Experiment - Part 2
26 March 2014
Boys

Well, the weanlings landed mid-February and came out of quarantine two weeks later. Although their coats have been clipped and appear quite dull, they all seem very healthy. Only two needed to be treated - one for a touch of travel sickness and the other for a slight cold. All four will be gelded in the coming weeks and left to mature on a farm in the Waikato before being broken in late winter/early spring. I'll be back with more news then. (Clockwise from top left: the Sahkee, Stormy River, King's Best and Zoffany colts.)

Cooldini back in form
1 March 2014
cooldini

Cooldini (Bernadini x Eliza Dane) won a listed 2600m at Flemington today, taking stakes winnings over the $300,000 mark. Not bad for a $40,000 yearling. The gelding looked very promising as a 3yo last winter, winning three in a row over middle distances, and now comes into calculations for the Adelaide Cup.

Winners in Oz this week
14 February 2014
Royal Occassion

Two young horses I pinhooked for clients won in Oz last week. The first was Injunction (Thorn Park x Interdict), a three-year old colt trained by John Sadler that was bought for $26,000 as a weanling and on-sold for $60,000 as a yearling. Four days later, another three-year old, by the name of Royal Occassion (Lonhro x Shand) (pictured above) - bought for $70,000 as a weanling and on-sold for $125,000 as a yearling - won its first start for Gerald Ryan. Good luck to the connections.

Japhils nominated for Blue Diamond
31 January 2014
japhils

The Darren Weir-trained Japhils (Choisir x Polish Precedent) has been nominated for the Blue Diamond Stakes after winning first up at Mooney Valley. I bought the filly for $50,000 as a weanling. It was then put back through the ring at the Melbourne Yearling Sale where it sold for $105,000.

Salute to Jude set for $1 million race
21 December 2013
Salute to Jude

Salute to Jude (Stratum x Sienna’s Fury) should now go on to the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas after winning at Flemington. In beating the older horses, the Robert Smerdon-trained gelding took its record to two wins, two placings and $90,000 in prizemoney from six starts. I went to $125,000 for the horse at Magic Millions two years ago, on behalf of the same conections that raced Zoustar. 

Two in a week for Shaft
21 December 2013

Massale (Shaft x Rosegreen) won the 2yo race at Manawatu today. Trained by Mike Moroney, the chestnut gelding was another cheap buy at the Sydney Weanling Sale (AU$12,000) and was later re-sold at Karaka for $57,000. I’m liking the Shaft progeny a lot at the moment. It’s a shame the Darley stallion hasn’t been more popular with buyers. 

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Past winners

Alegrio
$300,000 in stakes
NZ$30,000 yearling
Amelia's Dream
Group 2 winner
AU$250,000 yearling
Atapi
4 x Group 1 placings
AU$20,000 yearling
Bidii Babe
Listed winner
AU$150,000 yearling
Black Minx
Dual Listed winner
AU$260,000 yearling
Buffering
7 x Group 1 winner
AU$22,000 yearling
Chenar
Group 3 winner
AU$10,000 yearling

Chill Party
Group 2 winner
AU$30,000 weanling

Choice Bro
Group 1 winner
AU$40,000 yearling

Classic Marco
Group 1 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
Excellantes
$790,000 in stakes
AU$105,000 yearling
Fooram
Group 2 winner
NZ$64,000 yearling

Hidden Kisses
$548,000 in stakes
AU$25,000 yearling

Hopfgarten
Group 3 winner
AU$26,000 yearling

Imposing Lass
Group 3 winner
NZ$120,000 yearling

Kaapstad Way
6 x Group 1 placings
NZ$50,000 yearling
Kaiser Franz
Group 3 winner
NZ$65,000 yearling
Kirra Sand
Group 3 winner
NZ$18,000 weanling
Lamond
Group 3 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
Mandela
Group 2 winner
NZ$1,750 yearling
Mongolian Khan
3 x Group 1 winner
AU$9,000 weanling
Occidentalis
Listed winner
AU$12,000 weanling
Ourforeignminister
Group 3 winner
AU$47,500 weanling
Our Lucas
5 x Listed winner
NZ$20,000 yearling
Pacific Dancer
Dual Group 3 winner
NZ$19,000 weanling
Penitentiary
Dual Group 1 placed
NZ$10,000 yearling

Rangipo
Group 1 winner
Homebred

Sir Andrew
Group 2 winner
NZ$56,000 weanling
Solzhenitsyn
Dual Group 1 winner
NZ$10,000 weanling
Sound the Alarm
Group 1 winner
AU$3,750 weanling
Tabulate
Group 3 winner
AU$12,000 weanling

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