Star gallopers acknowledged
Paul Messara’s mare Ortensia was named country horse of the year for her group1 form around the world.
Hay List from the John McNair stable at Somersby was named provincial horse of the year for the second year on a row.
■ Newcastle syndicators Australian Bloodstock could be set to make a huge windfall by selling two of their stars.
The locally based company are in negotiations for the sale of their German Oaks winner Salomina.
The company, which is headed by Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell, may also sell highly promising Broadmeadow galloper Beaufort Gyre to Singapore.
‘‘We are aiming Salomina at the Arc [Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France], but the way the interest is in her since her group1 win we might be out of her before the big race,’’ Lovett said.
‘‘The win in the German Oaks has made her one of the most sought-after horses in Europe.
‘‘It may be a case of not that we want to sell her, but really we just have to take the big money on offer.’’
Beaufort Gyre, which won his last start at Broadmeadow by 12 lengths for Kris Lees, was due to start at Eagle Farm tomorrow.
‘‘We have scratched up north as we are just waiting on confirming that he will go to Singapore,’’ Lovett said.
‘‘He is a highly promising type but our business plan has been to turn over horses if an offer is favourable, and the money in Singapore is good.’’
Beaufort Gyre was picked out by Murrell at a Gold Coast sale after the horse was unloaded by Darley.
‘‘Luke liked him and we picked him up for $30,000,’’ Lovett said. ‘‘His win at Newcastle showed his true talent, and if the deal to Singapore did fall through then we would quite happily keep racing him.’’
Lovett said the company’s group1 winner Mawingo had ‘‘thrilled’’ with a trial effort in Victoria this week.
‘‘He will resume on September 8 in the Makybe Diva and then onto the Underwood on September 22.’’