Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm’s satellite site in Victoria highlights concern over NSW’s Hunter Valley breeding future   Leave a comment

Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm’s satellite site in Victoria highlights concern over NSW’s Hunter Valley breeding future

July 30, 2015 – 1:29PM

John Holloway

On to Victoria: Toronado (right), a son of High Chaparral, will stand at Victoria's Swettenham Stud.On to Victoria: Toronado (right), a son of High Chaparral, will stand at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud. Photo: AP

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The emerging Victorian breeding industry will throw down it’s biggest threat to the NSW Hunter Valley studs in the coming Australian season, with a powerful band of stallions congregating.

The Hunter Valley has forever been the ace in the pack of Australian breeding and will never lose this tag. However, the mining issues being experienced in NSW have seen Victoria make inroads.

Significantly, 2015 sees the introduction of one of the world’s leading breeding giants – the Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm that purchased Yallambee Stud in Victoria earlier this year.

B. Wayne Hughes has studied the Australian yearling sales over the past two years and obviously liked what he saw, thus the fact he will have four new stallions at Spendthrift Victoria.

They are the US-bred sires Warrior’s Reward ($13,750), Jimmy Creed ($11,000) and Can The Man ($5500), along with the group 2 Champion Stakes winner Hamden Court ($8800), who is a son of Redoute’s Choice.

Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud has pulled off a huge coup in conjunction with Al Shaqab Racing by introducing two exciting European sprinters to their 2015 stud roster.

They are Toronado ($22,000), who is regarded as High Chaparral’s fastest son. He won six of his 12 starts, including the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. He was undefeated at two, winning each of his three starts.

The Wow Factor ($15,000) is the other Swettenham newcomer. He’s a son of Starspangledbanner, who won three of his only four starts.

He won the group 1 Prix Morny in France, which is rated equivalent to our Golden Slipper, as well as the group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Possibly the best-credentialled sire returning to Melbourne is Canford Cliffs, whose two-year-olds are gearing up to racing in the 2015-16 season. He stands at Blue Gum Farm and his first progeny sold for up to $150,000 at yearling sales this year.

Canford Cliffs, however, has stunned the European two-year-old scene in recent weeks with a fantastic winning spree by his progeny, which has seen him shoot to a runaway lead in the two-year-old sires’ premiership.

The victory at Byerley last Tuesday was the eighth winner sired by Canford Cliffs over the previous 10 days. It should also be remembered that the astute Rick Jamieson, breeder of Black Caviar, sent the latter’s dam Helsinge to Canford Cliffs and is safely in foal. Can’t wait for that result.

What about the Australian racing stars which are also to make their debuts in Melbourne next month – Northern Meteor’s son Zoustar and Brazen Beau, the champion son of I Am Invincible.

Zoustar covered 185 mares at Widden Stud in his debut season in 2014 but part of the ownership deal is that he rotates to Woodside Farm in Victoria. This move has been a great success with the dual group 1 winner fully booked at $44,000.

Zoustar stands alongside Written Tycoon ($19,800), whose performances on and off the track are sensational.

The $44,000 is the same price Darley have put on Brazen Beau at Northwood Park and his racetrack efforts have seen him secure a full book.

Darley have another six superbly credentialled sires at Northwood Park, adding to their strong attraction to breeders down south.

Eliza Park were elated with the 186 mares Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente received in his debut year in 2014. His numbers are once again terrific at $17,600 and Eliza has another seven sires available.

Chatswood Stud has Reward For Effort ($11,000) doing great things on the track, with 10 individual two-year-old winners this year; Rosemount has Starspangledbanner ($44,000), Toorak Toff ($16,500) and Starcraft ($9900) on their roster.

Melbourne breeding has been slowly creeping up Australia’s breeding ladder. They have many enthusiastic members determined to give their home-town breeders a less expensive way to having access to some of the great horses coming to our shores.

They are certainly succeeding……


Moruya, a relaxed country town on the NSW south coast with a population of 2500, played a helpful role in the final week of the season to one of Australia’s legendary horses, Lonhro.

A winning double by two of Lonhro’s progeny saw the “Black Flash” add another Australian stallion premiership to his amazing record and continue a memorable stud career.

The two winners sired by Lonhro at Moruya clinched the Australian Stallion Premiership for the most winners sired in the past season after a ding-dong battle with Choisir over the last month.

Lonhro had a new winner in Lothello, which was his 155th individual galloper sired since August 1, 2015.

This enabled the son of Octagonal to take an unassailable lead while his other winner, Secret Lies, took his tally to 247 winners for the season. He had another winner, Laugh A Little at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.

Choisir trailed Lonhro by three winners as of Wednesday and with the season finishing on Friday (July 31) the Coolmore stallion cannot overhaul the Black Flash.

In the 2010-11 season, Lonhro won the coveted Leading Stallions Premiership for Earnings, finishing $1.2 million ahead of the runner-up Redoute’s Choice.

Since then Lonhro’s consistency has been superb and he hasn’t been further back than sixth place in the main premiership with earnings well in excess of $50 million during that period.

His service fee rose to $100,000, while in 2015 he will cover another large book of mares at $88,000.

While his progeny will be soughtafter at Australasian yearling sales in 2016, his famous son Pierro will command huge attention with his weanlings selling for huge amounts earlier this year.

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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