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22/9/17 The proposed $11 billion merger between Tabcorp and Tatts Group has hit a legal hurdle with the Federal Court in Sydney upholding an appeal by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) .  The merger was granted regulatory approval by the Australian Competition Tribunal in June, but the ACCC applied for a judicial review of the decision.  Yesterday Justice Nye Perram said:  "The court orders that the decision of the tribunal be set aside and the matter be referred back to the Australian Competition Tribunal for consideration"   The reasons for the judgment will be released in five days.


 In conjunction with Coolmore Australia's  annual stallion parade on 27/8/17, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia recognized outstanding achievements of horses and breeders during the 2016-17 season.  Award winners were:  Champion Australian Sire -SNITZEL, Champion Australian 2yo sire -  SNITZEL,  Champion Australian First Season Sire - PIERRO,  Australian Broodmare of the Year - VEGAS SHOWGIRL, Breeder of Australian-bred exported racehorse of the year - MR. ENRICO COJUANGCO


The S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders are pleased to invite you to our "Masterclass" seminar on SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST commencing at 11 a.m. at the Magic Millions Sales Complex.  Featuring guest speakers Brian Nutt from Attunga Stud, Peter Huntington, Kentucky Equine Research and Adrian Hancock Magic Millions.  The   theme for this seminar is preparation and education of yearlings for the sales to try to assist vendors to get that extra dollar  for their product.   A free draw will be conducted for a voucher for a thousand dollars for a set of sale repository radiographs for the 2018 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sale.  Service fee to AMBIDEXTER will be auctioned and free BBQ lunch served.  For further information contact Phone: 8297 0733, Mobile:  0419844502   or email


Willow Grove's Mint Lane is proving a reliable source of winners and looks to have an extra smart one in the shape of Willi Willi.  An impressive Sandown maiden winner in late April the 3yo has gone on to win the Silver Bowl series final for 3yo's at Flemington.  Mint Lane's overall stats make for good reading witih over 80% of his named foals making it to thie track - 36 winners from just 62 runners, a winners to runners strike rate in excess of 58%

Zebedee Adds UK Gr3

Monday, 24th July 2017

At Newbury in the UK, Cornerstone Stud shuttler & 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire Zebedee (Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) added aGroup success when talented 5YO Irish-bred gelding Magical Memory (Zebedee-Maresem, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Charlie Hills in the Gr3 Hackwood Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Perfect Angel (Dark Angel) & Lady Macapa (Equiano). Magic Memory improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes & Gr3 Abernant Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup) from 22 starts for £484,637 in earnings. Crowned 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire and 2015 Champion European Second-Season Sire, Zebedee will stand at Cornerstone Stud in 2017 at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).


John Digby, former Keeper of the Australian Stud Book has passed away aged 84 years. A veterinarian, Mr. Digby was appointed Keeper of ASB in 1988 and made many significant changes  during his tenure including establishing the stud book records on a website in 1997, the first stud book authority to do this. Mr. Digby brought modern management practices to the organisation combining this with regular communication with industry stakeholders.  Most notably he was instrumental in the introduction of DNA testing and a website on the internet.  On Mr. Digby's retirement in 2004 Michael Ford was appointed as the Keeper of the ASB.  30/6/2017 .  


Changes to the skilled migration occupation list that benefit the breeding industry were  announced today. A significant alteration to the visa scheme is the reinstatement of the occupation  'horse trainer' to the list of occupations under which employers can hire skilled workers from overseas.  This occupation category is the one currently used to bring in the majority of foreign breeding staff.
 Basil Nolan president of TBA said "On behalf of TBA I'd like to thank the government for listening to us breeders as well as the broader racing industry on what our needs are.  We don't employ big numbers of foreign workers, but those that are here are a vital part of the workforce and in a global business such as breeding we need to continue to have access to these highly skilled people. 30/6/2017


Following on from the success of the State's first ever million dollar races, South Australian thoroughbred racing will sign a new multi-million dollar media rights agreement with, covering its domestic (including digital) and international rights. As part of the seven-year agreement, which commences from 1 August 2017, has sublicensed South Australian thoroughbred rights to Sky Racing, thus ensuring that South Australian thoroughbred race vision will continue to be screened on Sky's premier wall-to-wall racing channel.


Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has announced it will contribute $200,000 to fund research and development for the breeding industry. The money will be placed into a newly created thoroughbred R&D levy scheme and will be matched by the federal government. By making the substantial donation, TBA will enable research projects to begin early in the coming financial year. "This contribution will have an immediate impact as it means research can begin on issues that breeders know are important. The way the levy is collected, if we were to wait on the mandatory contributions it is unlikely we'd be able to start projects until 2018," said TBA president Basil Nolan. Under the new levy, which was included in the recent federal budget and will be in place in the new financial year, breeders will pay $10 per mare and $10 per stallion return. This will raise about $400,000 per year that will be put in the fund for R&D, with the federal government then matching every industry dollar. It is expected that with voluntary contributions, such as the money from TBA, some $1 million could be available to spend each year on research that benefits the thoroughbred breeding industry. Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the levy will produce a huge return for breeders. "This levy will provide industry with greater certainty about available funding in future years and enable forward-year planning to deliver priority R&D for the benefit of the whole industry," Mr Joyce said.


 Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has said the government is committed to supporting the thoroughbred breeding industry.
 Mr Joyce, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, was speaking at an announcement to confirm the approval of government funds for an industry led research and development levy.
 “The breeding and racing industry is something that is very important to regional Australia and to me personally,” he said at Tamworth racecourse today (Wed May 17).
 “The breeders made it very clear to me that this levy was something they needed and I went in to bat for it in Cabinet. There was some opposition but I’m glad I was able to deliver on it.”
 Under the levy, which was included in last week’s budget and will be in place in the new financial year, breeders will pay $10 per mare and $10 per stallion return. This will be put in a fund for R&D with the federal government then matching every industry dollar.
 It is expected this could lead to some $1 million being spent each year on research that benefits the thoroughbred breeding industry.
 Thoroughbred Breeders Australia chief executive Tom Reilly said having the government commit funds in the budget was the culmination of years of lobbying efforts.
 “Getting the government to commit to this important levy was something the TBA board made clear was a priority when I joined the organisation,” said Mr Reilly.
 “We are in the process of selecting the board which will oversee the spending of the funds and there will be a strong presence of breeders to ensure the money goes towards projects that return real benefits to the breeding industry.”
 Such schemes are common in agriculture with many areas of primary production, such as cotton, beef and grains, all receiving dollar for dollar funding from the government in this way.
Among the areas likely to be the focus of research are the prevention and management of exotic and indigenous diseases, improving the conception rates of mares and stallions and efforts to reduce foetal loss caused by contagious diseases.
 Mr Joyce added: “This levy will provide the industry with greater certainty about available funding in future years and enable forward-year planning to deliver priority R&D for the benefit of the whole industry.”


RELENTLESS ME (Statue of Liberty-Snow Flight) ridden by Joe Moreira was  winner at his first start on Sunday at Sha Tin.  The 3 yo gelding - a half brother to Viddora  was bred by Riva Ridge Stud and sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions sales to John Foote Bloodstock for $47,000


8yo RIZIZ by Zariz out of Priya bred and trained by Ken Sweeney joined the million dollars stakes winners when he registered his 9th stakes victory on Saturday at Morphettville, winning the Listed City of Adelaide Handicap, RIZIZ  has now had 15 wins from 56 starts for $1,039,375 in earnings.


3yo gelding WAGING WAR by G1winning stallion Rebel Raider out of the Galileo mare Fartoo Flashy, bred by Harry Perks, overcame a tough run to win the G3  Chairman's Stakes at Morphettville.  He has now had 4 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for $126,900 in earnings.


4YO mare VIDDORA, recorded her 6th win from 19 starts by winning the G3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville.  Bred by Riva Ridge Stud by I Am Invincible out of Snow Flight, VIDDORA was purchased by Lloyd Kennewell for $40,000 at the 2014 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sales


NAAFER (Lohro - Very Discreet) was an impressive winner at his second start in South Africa recently.  Bred by South Australian breeder, David Peacock,  Naafer was the highest price Lohnro yearling in the 2016 Inglis Easter sale -  purchased by DarrenWeir/John Foote Bloodstock for $560,000.


Successful sire Bellotto (Mr. Prospector-Shelf Talker, by Tatán) has died at his home at Rosden Park (formerly Paumah Stud) in South Australia, reports Racing Post. He was 33. Bred in the US, the near black son of Mr Prospector was a talented racehorse placing in both the English Derby and 2000 Guineas before embarking on a career at stud. Launching his career at Arrowfield Stud, Bellotto would go on to sire 45 stakes winners including six Gr1 winners. Among his leading progeny were Gr1 The BMW, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes and VRC Derby runner-up Littorio, Gr1 South Australian Derby winner Bullwinkle, Gr1 Goodwood Handicap winner Bellzevir, and Gr1 Adelaide Cup winner Exalted Time. Bellotto was also an influential broodmare sire leaving Queensland Oaks winner Miss Danehill and New Zealand Derby winner Coniston Bluebird


Congratulations to Ralph and Linda Satchell on attaining second highest price at the recent Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sales.  Their classy looking colt Lot 77 by Stratum/El Miralgo was purchased by MacDonald Gluyas Racing for $170,000.  The same combination also later paid the top price of $190,000 for Lot 145 Bay colt by All TooHard/Lady Paget.


Griante by Cornerstone Stud's resident stallion Good Journey was crowned Goldner's Horse Transport Horse of the Year for 2016 at the UBET S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders Annual Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday 13/2/17. 


Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has formally lodged an application for a federal government funded thoroughbred research and development levy.  The levy which will generate close to $2.4 million over the next three years is set to be implemented in the new financial year.  
It will be funded by mandatory breeder contributions collected by the Australian Stud Book. Stallion owners will pay a $10 levy per mare covered and broodmare owners will pay a $10 levy per mare returned.  This money will then be matched by the Commonwealth Government.
TBA president, Basil Nolan said "Having almost $1 million to spend on research year after year on breeding will be very valuable.  It gives our industry certainty and means we can develop research projects that will bring real benefits to all breeders"


Europe's Champion Freshman Sire, SIR PRANCELOT Tamayuz (GB) - Mona Em (IRE) by Catrail,  will be shuttling from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud from 2017.
With 32 individual winners SIR PRANCELOT was Champion First Season Sire by both winners and prizemoney finishing ahead of Helmet and Frankel, included in the long list of winners were G3 winner Madam Dancealot and Listed winner Sir Dancealot.


WaterDiviner (Equiano-Check in Time) bred by Bryan and June Terry has had 2 wins from 2 starts in Hong Kong.  Sold for $80,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions Sales to New Zealand interests it then brought $150,000 at their ready to run sale 


The most contentious area of horse taxation is whether the breeding and/or racing activity is an income tax “business” or GST “enterprise”. This is so as many people register themselves or related entities (e.g. companies) for GST when they are clearly ineligible “hobbyists” and not a proper GST “business”. If on an ATO audit this is found to be the case, the GST registration is revoked, refunds clawed back and hefty penalties often result, not to mention the potential ongoing scrutiny that may result in relation to the rest of the person’s tax affairs. 

Accordingly, when our office finds out that the ATO are conducting a special audit project on ABN/GST registrations, we get it out there as soon as possible.
The ATO have worked with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to pick a representative sample of around 1,400 recently issued ABNs so that they can review their ABN entitlement. These reviews will inform future focus areas to reduce the number of people applying for and receiving ABNs when they are not entitled.
The reviews will focus on ABNs issued for individuals, partnerships and trusts in August and October 2016. If you applied for an ABN via your Accountants during this period, they may be contacted and required to provide evidence that you are running a business or taken steps to start a business.
I think it’s reasonable to speculate that if the ATO find many wrong registrations during this review, their audit activity will escalate in this area.
The message is clear – if you’ve registered a horse related business recently, or about to register, make sure you seek proper advice as to the “business” status of your activities!


Racing NSW has warned racing industry participants that the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) now has the capability of testing for the presence of the prohibited substance mannitol in raceday samples. Mannitol is considered to be a diuretic and masking agent when administered by intravenous injection. The ARFL is also capable of detecting the presence of the prohibited substance glaucine. Glaucine is an alkaloid found in certain plants in the Papaveraceae family, including poppy plants such as Glaucium flavum (yellow horn poppy) and Glaucium oxylobum. Glaucine would be a prohibited substance according to the Australian Rules of Racing since it has actions and effects principally on the nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system (AR178B(1)), and would be categorised as an anti-hypertensive agent, anti-inflammatory agent, anti-tussive agent, bronchodilator and vasodilator (AR178B(2)). Glaucine is not contained in any legitimate or registered human or veterinary medicines or supplements available for use in Australia.


John Messara, the Chairman of Racing New South Wales will retire on 31 December 2016 after serving 5 years in the position, making him the longest serving chairman in the board's history. This latest announcement comes less than a week after David Moodie stepped down as the chairman of Racing Victoria.  His position will be taken by the current deputy chairman Russell Balding.  Speaking on behalf of the board Balding said yesterday "John Messara is the longest serving chairman of Racing NSW and is an icon in the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry, he will be greatliy missed."  


9YO gelding Sandhill Warrior (Black Hawk-Star O'War) bred by R.D. Coleman and raced by him in partnership with Mrs. VJ Coleman, SR Turner and Mrs. EA Turner and trained by Sam Turner finally opened his stakes account by scoring a .4 length win in the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup on 12/10/16.  This brings his record to 12 wins and 8 placings from 43 starts for earnings of $290,585.


Congratulations to local breeders David Peacock and Pam Loxton breeders and part owners of 3 YO filly Serenely Discreet which won the G2 Sir Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington on 1/10/16.  This was the first stakes win for Serenely Discreet who now has 3 wins from 5 starts for $205,100 earnings . Trainer Phillip Stokes said she is likely to back up in next weeks G1 Thousand guineas before progressing to the G1 VRC Oaks during Melbourne Cup week.  "She's definitely an Oaks Filly" Stokes said "she's out of the same family as Maybe Discreet and she was Manifold winner in 2012, but this one's got a lot more scope"  


Racing Australia in consultation with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia has redrafted the Rules of Racing that relate to breeders and foal owners. As a result, stewards will only have access to studs and farms to test for anabolic androgenic steroids in young horses, prohibited substances in racehorses and to monitor the health and welfare of horses.           Racing Australia has also agreed to form a new body called the Australian Racing & Breeding Committee, with representatives of both racing and breeding, which will meet at least four times a year to discuss industry issues.

TBA Chairman, Basil Nolan said  "I believe the creation of this committee is an important step forward and I sincerely hope Racing Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia can work consultatively and co-operatively through this new board in the future."
Racing Australia has clarified that a representative of a foal owner (such as a farm manager) can return the Foal Ownership Declaration when they have written approval to act as an agent for that owner. This clarification will provide comfort to many farms and studs, especially those with large numbers of clients or those which complete paperwork on behalf of clients.
Below is  the redrafted Rule of Racing 14b:
(f) It is a condition precedent to any application or lodgement under this rule that the Manager, or his or her Authorised Agent, lodging the Foal Ownership Declaration or making application undertakes to be bound by these Rules and, upon action being taken in compliance with this rule (including a syndicate as applicable), the Eligible Horse and its owners thereby become subject to, and agree to be bound by, the Rules for the following purposes only (as a consequence of, and relating to, the lodgement of the Foal Ownership Declaration):
    The testing of a Named Horse which has not been retired from racing pursuant to AR 64JA for the presence of substances that are prohibited at any time by the Rules;

  1.   The testing of an Unnamed Horse for the presence of anabolic androgenic steroids;

(iii)The observation of other horses for health and welfare reasons only where there is a concern for their health and welfare based on reasonable grounds; and

  1. The Rules that relate to traceability (AR 54A, AR64J, AR64JA and any relevant Local Rules).
    (g) Nothing in this Rule 14B affects, or releases a person from, any requirement to be bound by the Rules of Racing that arises other than by the lodgement of the Foal Ownership Declaration Form, including but not limited to any requirement to be bound by the Rules of Racing that arises as a result of the lodgement of any other form, the making of any other declaration or the operation of any of the Rules.

As a result of this redrafted Rule of Racing the rules of the Australian Stud Book will also be amended to clarify that breeders and foal owners are bound only by Rule 14b (if they have not agreed to be bound through other forms such as an application to register a racehorse).

For further information please contact TBA chief executive Tom Reilly on 02 9663 8581 or


Thursday, 1st September 2016

9YO gelding Little Akie (Akhadan-Double Spirits, by Blevic) broke through for the biggest win of his career when scoring by 0.2-length for trainer Brian Mueller in the $100,000 Listed Balaklava Cup.   Owned by Mrs Lorraine Mueller and bred and trained by Brian Mueller, Little Akie improved his record to 13 wins and 23 placings from 66 starts for $439,090 earnings. 


Friday, 26th August 2016

Racing Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Peter McGauran, yesterday advised the Board that he will not be seeking to renew his contract of employment on its expiration in December 2016. McGauran has accepted a senior corporate position which will become public at a later date. Moreover, he will assume a number of non-executive directorships precluded by his current position. McGauran has been the CEO of Racing Australia for the last 4.5 years, a period marked by major reform and development at the national level. As well as the merger of the Australian Racing Board, Racing Information Services Australia (RISA) and the Australian Stud Book into one entity - Racing Australia - McGauran played an important role in introducing the most significant integrity and animal welfare reforms in modern racing history. "The Board joins me in thanking Peter for his hard work and dedication and in wishing him well in the future," said Racing Australia Chairman, Mr John Messara AM. "I especially have worked closely with Peter and well know the commitment he brought to a difficult role. The Board will consider a replacement process at its September board meeting."


Five awards were handed out at the National Breeding Australia Awards Presentation held in conjunction with Darley's annual stallion parade on Saturday August 20, hosted by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and compered by Caroline Searcy.  Champion Australian Sire STREET CRY (who sadly passed away in 2014.  Champion Australian Sire of 2 Year Olds, WRITTEN TYCOON, Champion Australian First Season Sire SMART MISSILE, Australian Broodmare of the Year VEGAS SHOWGIRL and Breeder of the Australian-bred Exported Racehorse of the Year John & Margaret Thompson breeders of multiple Group winners RANGIPO.


Willow Grove based stallion HOST had a great day at Flemington on 23rd July, siring two winners - MIGHTY LIKE won the Bruce Gadsden Handicap over 1200m first up, and NAME THE DAY won the KA Morrison Handicap over 2000m after 2 nice placings over a mile.  HOST now has 4 stakeswinners,79 winners and over $6.5million prizemoney earnings with a winners to runners ratio of 65%


Willow Grove based stallion MINT LANE has had 3 new winners and  2nd in the last few weeks.  MINTINI trained by Ryan Balfour won convincingly leading all the way at Murray Bridge on 29th June, she is from the Hurricane Sky mare Shalini, a half sister to multiple Stakeswinner Red Hope.  ANOTHER DIAMOND a 3yo filly trained in Victoria by Bill Cerchi ran a gutsy 2nd after nearly leading all the way on 2nd July.  She has already won 2 races at the provincials in Victoria.  AUSSIE BOB won his maiden at Bordertown on 3rd July and PLAYBOY LANE won firstup at Port Augusta for his new trainer Sam Burford. 


Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) will analyse feedback collected by an online survey of breeders before formulating its response to the new foal registration rules announced by Racing Australia two weeks ago. The sport's governing body announced new rules for the registration of thoroughbred foals and their owners after an extensive consultation period with industry stakeholders. New Australian Rules of Racing and Stud Book Rules will be introduced to make acceptance into the Stud Book conditional on foals being registered within 30 days of foaling and their beneficial owners being declared within a further 30 days. In so doing, foals and their owners will come under the Australian Rules of Racing. Racing Australia said these reforms "will strengthen ownership transparency and traceability leading to improved integrity and animal welfare in the thoroughbred industry." However, Breeders have criticised the incoming rules with TBA claiming that Racing Australia in fact failed to properly consult the industry. TBA also claims that breeders are underrepresented on Racing Australia’s rule-making advisory body, the Integrity and Welfare Executive Committee (IWEC). “We are using the survey to get an idea of what some of the breeders think (about the rules),” TBA president Basil Nolan told ANZ Bloodstock News. “Obviously we’ll have a good cross-section of breeders complete the survey and we’ll see what they think of the rules and want to do from here." He added: "I think some of the rules are unworkable, really, and I would think we would try and get those altered, but it will be up to the TBA board." Nolan wrote to members last week saying: "One of the TBA's major concerns about Racing Australia's move to regulate breeding is the lack of any meaningful representation being offered, while another is the lack of genuine consultation that has occurred so far. While I am loath to make any comparison between our industry and that of the greyhounds, one remark in Michael McHugh's report on the NSW greyhound industry is particularly relevant to our situation: "Sound and proper consultation is the very essence of good governance." He added: "At TBA we are very keen to hear your thoughts on the new rules. I would encourage you to participate in a survey we have commissioned on this subject."


Owner/breeder Wally Tonkin sadly advised that South Australian Millionaires Club inductee STREAK who was rising 22, passed away last Sunday from a twisted bowel.  STREAK (Umatilla-Reputable Miss)  won over a $million dollars with 40 starts for 9 wins which included the G1 AJC Sydney Cup, G2 MVRC Crosby Gold Cup,  
G3 TTC Launceston Cup  and Listed VRC TEAC Digital Stakes.  



Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) President Basil Nolan today welcomed the announcement by Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce that, if re-elected, he would grant a Research and Development Levy for the thoroughbred industry.


The Levy will see the Department of Agriculture match funds raised by the thoroughbred industry in a dollar for dollar scheme for research projects that will be spent safeguarding and improving equine health and production.


With the Australian Labour Party having already committed to installing the Levy if elected, the scheme appears certain to go ahead.


“We are grateful to Mr Joyce for making matched funding available for research, this scheme will give our industry real certainty that we will have government support into the future for vital projects in areas like bio-security and disease control,” said Mr Nolan.


“Breeding plays a very important role in the rural economy and it’s pleasing to have this acknowledged by Mr Joyce and by the Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon. I have no doubt that the research funded by this levy will help us grow our industry through better health outcomes for horses and it will also safeguard the jobs of the many thousands of people who work with thoroughbreds,” Mr Nolan added.


It is expected about $400,000 will be raised each year by a small levy on stallion and mare owners, with the government agreeing to match that sum for an initial three years if re-elected, meaning $800,000 will be available to fund research per annum.


Such schemes are common in agriculture with many areas of primary production, such as cotton, beef and grains, all receiving dollar for dollar funding in this way.


A proposal brought by TBA was initially rejected by the federal government last year, after which the peak body for the breeding industry produced economic modelling that showed granting the levy would improve production and economic activity.


Mr Nolan added: “I would also like to thank TBA chief executive Tom Reilly for his tireless work behind the scenes to make this announcement possible and convince parliamentarians of all sides of politics the importance this levy.”


Among the areas likely to be the focus of research are the prevention and management of exotic and indigenous diseases, improving the conception rates of mares and stallions and efforts to reduce foetal loss caused by contagious diseases.


TBA chief executive Tom Reilly described how the levy will provide real certainty for funding.


He said: “Getting this levy funded is very important and it means we can look to some ambitious long term projects of benefit to all breeders right across the country. Once put in place these R&D levies have not been repealed so we believe this funding will be ongoing."


On Friday the board of Racing Australia will discuss a proposal relating to the breeding industry, which is causing considerable angst and confusion.

 While there may be some involved in racing who will be perplexed at this level of concern, there are many breeders furious that Racing Australia would seek to pursue a policy that gives them unchecked power over breeding. The decision to pursue such a divisive policy at a time when both the number of breeders (down 38 per cent from 2010 to 2015) and foals being born (down 24 per cent) has dropped significantly in the past five years will also confuse many in the thoroughbred world.



The Proposal


To understand Thoroughbred Breeders Australia's (TBA) position it is worth first considering what Racing Australia are proposing:


Under their suggested new policy breeders would have to agree to be bound by the Rules of Racing when registering 'mare returns', the forms which are submitted to the Australian Stud Book (ASB) after a thoroughbred foal is born.


This is a significant shift from the current process whereby the rules of racing only cover the owners of a thoroughbred when it is registered as a racehorse.


For those who are not familiar with the ASB, it is best described as the Births, Death and Marriages of the thoroughbred world; a database in which all Australian thoroughbreds are recorded in order to be registered to race or for their progeny to race in the future. It has provided the regulatory framework for the breeding industry for more than a century.


Racing Australia is also proposing that the full ownership interests in each foal are submitted to the Stud Book at this early stage, a recommendation that would increase transparency and a proposal that has been fully supported by the breeding industry since it was first mooted more than 12 months ago.



Why the concern about the Rules of Racing?


Firstly, if adopted this measure would give organisations established for running racing - Racing Australia as well as the 'Principal Racing Authorities', such as Racing Victoria and Racing NSW - complete control over breeding, what is essentially a primary industry.  


Any new regulation that would affect breeding would simply be added to the Rules of Racing by administrators and every owner of a broodmare, foal or stallion would be forced to comply or face the possibility of not being able to register their horses with the Stud Book.


Given there is no meaningful representation being offered for breeders on the bodies that would decide what new rules are created or implemented this situation is unacceptable to the vast majority of breeders.


It's worth remembering that organisations such as Racing NSW or Racing Queensland have been established, and their directors appointed, with regard to the task of running racing, not breeding. While there may be some breeders on these boards now, there is no guarantee this will be the case in future and, what's more, these people are required by their duty as a director to act in the best interests of their racing board and this may not be aligned with the interests of the breeding industry.


Requests that breeders be given meaningful representation in discussions around any further rules - TBA suggested a panel of three highly regarded breeders, two to be chosen by Racing Australia, be formed to review all future rules relating to breeding - have been emphatically rejected.


Those that may believe breeding is some minor adjunct to racing should understand it is a significant industry in its own right: there are more than 10,000 people directly employed (and many more indirectly) in an industry which generates billions of dollars of economic activity each year; from expenditure on feed, fencing, stallion nominations, not to mention the sums that horses are sold for.


Consider if this was another primary industry facing an attempt to regulate it by a user down the supply chain; for example if Coles or Woolworths said they wanted to regulate dairy farmers because most milk in Australia is sold through their stores. What would the reaction of those farmers be?


Breeding is an important industry that requires a voice in its future, not a proposal to see it governed by an unaccountable group of racing administrators. This lack of representation could easily lead to the introduction of rules that are damaging to the breeding industry.   



Animal Welfare and Integrity


One of the most disappointing aspects of this debate is the suggestion, put forward by some directors of Racing Australia, that if you don't support their proposal you are against animal welfare or transparency.


Such a crass attempt to take the moral high ground is depressing in the extreme.


Nobody cares more about the welfare and conduct of thoroughbreds than breeders across Australia. Every breeder has a deep love of the animal; those who breed to sell rely on the health and reputation of their horses and farms to succeed commercially while those who breed to race or to simply enjoy a thoroughbred on their property do so for the love of the animal and invest many thousands of dollars before even getting a foal on the ground.

As for tougher regulation, TBA submitted to Racing Australia a proposal for new rules in the areas of animal welfare, transparency and integrity (all areas flagged as motivations for Racing Australia's changes). The TBA suggestions would have ensured there is oversight for thoroughbreds before they enter racing and during their lifespan in the breeding industry.

We stated that rules relating to breeders should be in the Stud Book, the body which has regulated breeding in this country since 1878, rather than caught up in the Rules of Racing, of which there are currently 101 pages with just one mention of breeders.

We also set out possible penalties applying under the proposed rules as well as proposing the creation of an enforcement mechanism for the Stud Book and a panel to adjudicate on breaches of the rules. It is also worth noting that there are already numerous laws and agencies that deal with animal welfare across the country.

TBA's proposal would have allowed the Australian industry to state it has the strongest regulation in the world, instead Racing Australia appears determined to bind breeders to a set of rules which are totally irrelevant to our industry. Unfortunately Racing Australia has rejected TBA's proposal.


And what are the issues Racing Australia is trying to address? At a recent public meeting the chairman of Racing Australia, John Messara, himself a prominent breeder, and his chief executive, Peter McGauran, were asked to cite a single incident of malpractice in breeding. Neither could name one.


The role of Racing Australia


Another aspect of concern for breeders is the role of Racing Australia. In the past two years this body has morphed from the toothless tiger that was the Australian Racing Board to now owning tens of millions of dollars in assets (the Australian Stud Book and RISA, the system that trainers use to enter horses in races).


It also retains its primary function, to make the rules of racing. But is Racing Australia accountable to anybody?


If Racing NSW or Racing Victoria are doing a poor job or make a terrible decision you can visit the relevant racing minister and voice your concerns, with the possibility that this minister could use his or her powers to intervene in the organisation.


With Racing Australia there is nobody to provide oversight of its responsibilities; if it makes a bad rule there is no minister or official to complain to.


Breeders endured a taste of this 18 months ago when Racing Australia mistakenly listed a hormone as an anabolic steroid (after acting without consulting breeders). When a yearling 'failed' a steroid test at a sale due to traces of this hormone being detected, TBA urged Peter McGauran to review the rule before the findings became public.


His response was alarming: "It's nothing to do with me, I only make the rules," he said. Eventually the rule was amended - but not before the Australian breeding industry had suffered a huge amount of negative publicity.


Another area of concern is the governance structure of Racing Australia. If their proposal were to succeed a situation would exist where one of the largest commercial breeders in Australia, John Messara, chairs Racing Australia, the body which would regulate the breeding industry as well as chairing Racing NSW, which would investigate commercial rivals for any breaches of the rules and then hand out penalties. The potential for conflict of interest, or even the perception of that conflict, would unlikely be acceptable in other industries of similar size and significance to the state's economy.

This is not a personal attack on Mr Messara, a man who has worked tirelessly on behalf of racing and breeding for many years, but an observation on the situation.


It would not matter whether it was Mr Messara or another major commercial breeder; there is without question a perceived conflict of interest when one of the biggest players in an industry seeks to have regulatory control of that industry, without putting in an adequate framework to manage that perceived conflict.


There are many positions, such as judges, where people acknowledge that there could be a perceived conflict or bias and remove themselves from the situation without any suggestion that they would act inappropriately.


In NSW licensed people (trainers and jockeys) are barred from being board members of Racing NSW. This was done for good reason; how could a trainer be chair of a body that had the power to investigate and punish any rule breaches by a peer? Even if a director acted completely impartially, the perception could and would exist that they acted in a manner favourable to their interests.



Where to from here?


What is so disappointing in this debate is that the middle ground between the two sides is considerable. We both want the same outcomes; an improved regulatory framework for thoroughbreds before they enter racing and increased transparency.


But breeders will not accept a proposal that does not allow their industry a meaningful say in its future. Whether this issue ends in the Supreme Court remains in the hands of Racing Australia.


For more information please contact TBA chief executive Tom Reilly at


Kindest regards,


Basil Nolan



Thoroughbred Breeders Australia


Cornerstone Stud are celebrating as Magical Memory by ZEBEDEE continued his ascent up the European sprinting ranks with a commanding victory in the G2 Duke of York Stakes at York on Wednesday, adding to his G3 win at Newmarket last month and establishing himself as a major player for the G1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot next month. This was the third stakes race success for progeny by ZEBEDEE this year, who served a book of 100 mares in his first breeding season at Cornerstone Stud in 2015.


Cornerstone Stud has announced the acquisition of VALENTIA (Fasnet Rock - Smart Company) in association with Louis Le Metayer of Astute Bloodstock. A son of champion sire Fastnet Rock he was a terrific winner of the Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) as a two year old, a race previously won by the likes of Snitzel,Choisir and anther son of Fastnet Rock the young boom sire Hinchinbrook.
An outstandingly powerful looking individual, Valentia was a Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale topper when fetching $1.35 million as a yearling in 2013.  VALENCIA will stand at a fee of $11,000 inc. gst in his first year at Cornerstone Stud.  He joins stallions FREE EAGLE ($18,700), ZEBEDEE ($16,500), GOOD JOURNEY ($11,000) and AMBIDEXTER ($5,500) for the 2016 season.



Thoroughbred Breeders Australia is deeply disappointed that Racing Australia has today (15/4/16) announced a proposal to bring breeders under the rules of racing.  This move is totally opposed by the board of TBA and the wider breeding industry
TBA president, Basil Nolan, labelled today's announcement as a "power grab".  It is TBA's view that the rules of racing and Racing Australia are there for the regulation of racing rather than breeding, which is a primary industry.
For the past 18 months TBA has attempted to find common ground with Racing Australia (as the owner of the Australian Stud Book) on reforms which would benefit all participants in breeding.  As recently as this week TBA provided Racing Australia with a draft set of rules, to be introduced through the Australian Stud Book, which would enhance animal welfare, transparency and integrity in the thoroughbred breeding industry.
TBA believes its proposals would have carried the support of breeders and would prove more effective than bringing breeders under a set of rules which are not relevant to them. In the 101 pages of rules of racing there is only one reference to breeders.
TBA president, Basil Nolan said "this is nothing more than a power grab by Racing Australia, a body which is totally unaccountable.  It is as if the butchers suddenly decided they wanted to regulate farmers.  TBA will support any reform which enhances our industry, but this move does not do that.  It tells you everything about Racing Australia that they made today's announcement without even bothering to first inform TBA and while they were still supposed to be considering a proposal from us"
TBA will now consider all options in relation to this move by Racing Australia.  It has already sought legal opinion on Racing Australia's new policy and believes this move goes beyond the powers that state racing authorities are entrusted with.
At a recent meeting of breeders at the Inglis Easter Yearling sale Racing Australia chairman, John Messara and chief executive Peter McGauran, put forward the case for the proposals announced today  and answered  questions from many of the country's leading breeders.  At the end of that meeting a vote was taken of the more than  90 breeders present - none were in favour of the proposal.


Well known and respected West Coast Breeder Herb Oates passed away recently, we extend our sympathy to the family


Cornerstone Stud, with the aid of agent, Johnny McKeever, has reached an agreement with the Irish National Stud to stand Group One Royal Ascot winner FREE EAGLE in Australia from 2016
FREE EAGLE will be best remembered by Australians that viewed last year's Royal Ascot meeting for his stunning victory in the G1 Prince of Wales Stakes (2000m)
"As a son of HIGH CHAPARRAL, widely considered to be one of the most successful European stallions to have shuttled to New Zealand and Australia for some years, we are tremendously excited to be announcing the addition of FREE EAGLE to our stallion roster" remarked Cornerstone Stud's managing director Sam Hayes
FREE EAGLE will stand at a fee of $18,700 inc. gst in his first year at Cornerstone Stud.

.Vale HUSSONET... A Champion, Legend and Friend

From Cornerstone Stud 21/3/16
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Australian Champion Sire HUSSONET to a stroke this morning.
Being born in 1991 he has had an amazing life… racing in the USA and standing at stud in South America, transferring to Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales in 2003, before spending the past five years at Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
HUSSONET’s tally of 30 Group One winners (and counting) is a truly amazing achievement. His legacy will continue through his daughters and sons at stud. His reputation as a top class broodmare sire is quickly gaining momentum.
The team at Cornerstone Stud we would like to thank shareholders and clients very much for their support of HUSSONET and the Stud over the past few years.
Whilst he has lived to a great age of twenty-five, it is always difficult saying goodbye to a legend who was so dear to all our hearts here at Cornerstone.
We welcome visitors to call by the farm any time if you wish to pay your respects to a very special horse.


Successful West Coast Breeder and much loved SATB member Gerald Schlink was made a life member of the Lock Racing Club at their Cup meeting on the 14th February.


Willow Grove Stud presented 11 lots with the Magnus filly out of Angel of Hope bought by Richard Jolly making $60,000 , Jolly also purchased the Magnus-Tiger Eyes filly for $34,000.  A Reward for Effort-Bleventine colt was bought by Rosemount Stud for $25,000 and Magnus-Penny Opera colt sold to Singapore for $39,000.  On day 3 of the sale 4 yearlings by Mint Lane were sold to Singapore for an average of $18,000.

After a very successful Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale selling all 6 yearlings offered for a gross of $2.1 million, Mill Park went on to a highly successful Adelaide sale with 13 yearlings selling in Book 1 for $981,500.  Top sellers were the All Too Hard colt from Madame Flurry for $150,000 to Gary Moore racing and a Casino Prince colt from Carolina Bell for the same money and knocked down to Macdonald Gluyas Racing. Not far behind was the Smart Missile colt from Third Day that was purchased for $140,000 by Prima Park/Waterford Bloodstock


Close to 300 guests enjoyed an evening at the Intercontinental Hotel where multiple Group One winner FAWKNER was crowned Goldners Horse Transport 2015 Horse of the Year.
Cornerstone Stud's Good Journey was awarded the Magic Millions Leading SA Stallion, and Reean received the SAJC award to the Leading 2yo Sire
Finnis Lodge Award to Breeder of Leading SA 2yo was received by Peter Toole on behalf of his partners for THE GREY FLASH.  Goldin Farms Breeder Leading 3yo went to Alpara Lodge for SABATINI. United Discount Chemists Award to Leading SA Breeder - by SA stallions RALPH SATCHELL & Newmarket Grand West award to Leading SA Breeder - by Stakes Performers went to S. BENNETTS who also collected the Claude Haigh Memorial Broodmare of the Year for DANE BELLTAR.  The Morphettville Equine Clinic Matrice Award went to MAGIC MILLIONS for their service to the thoroughbred industry and was received by Managing Director Vin Cox.
Three million dollar stakes winners - DEVIL MOON, DILLY DALLY & ON A JEUNE were inducted into the Millionaire's Club


Second in the G1 VRC Makybe Diva stakes last year to Dissident, the veteran Reset- Dane Belltar gelding Fawkner, made amends for that narrow defeat when resuming from a spell to take the weight-for-age feature at Flemington on Saturday (12/9/15)
A $70,000 purchase  from the Mill Park draft at 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sales Fawkner has the consistent record of 11 wins and 8 placings from 27 starts with prizemoney topping $3.6 million.  Fawkner was bred by South Australian breeder Steve Bennetts and is a half brother to stakes winning stayer Tanby, being one of four winners from four foals to race for the good producing mare Dane Belltar.


Lance Holberton, Stable Control at Magic Millions, and better known to breeders as a spotter at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sales might not be a thoroughbred breeder, but is well known in the Harness Racing world. He caused a major upset with his underrated filly Perfectly Written in the G2 Empire Stallions Home Classic at Melton starting at the lucrative odds of $53.20. Congratulations Lance.


By The Grace (God's Own-Rain Dance Lady) bred, reared & sold by
Cornerstone Stud revelled in the heavy conditions for a convincing win in the Listed Balaklava Cup September 2.  Ridden by top Adelaide jockey Clare Lindop and trained by former Adelaide horseman Andrew Noblet By 
The Grace won by one and half lengths from consistent galloper Little Akie trained by Brian Mueller and Supreme Warrior one and a quarter lengths away in third place.


Classy mare Bounding scored a brilliant first up win in Saturday's Group Three Stakes for SA breeder Michael Birchall. The Lonhro mare raced away from her rivals, headed by exciting stud prospect Rich Enuff, to win by four lengths. Streaky Bay jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode Bounding to victory for new trainers Peter and Paul Snowden. Congratulations to Michael and all connections.


Riziz (Zariz-Priya) bred and trained by Ken Sweeney added another black type race to his credit with his win in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes on August 22.  The win followed three stakes placings this year putting him in line for a nomination as a Horse of Year finalist.


Kambula Stud are dispersing their 2015 weanling crop at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale with 16 quality youngsters to go under the hammer.
The draft includes youngsters by sires, I am Invincible, Sebring, Skilled, Snippetson, Snitzel, Star Witness, Starspangledbanner, Stratum, Written Tycoon and Your Song. 
"We are looking forward to the sale with a quality draft"  Kambula's David Toole reported.  "We've dedided to disperse our complete weanling sales draft at the Gold Coast and we are excited to be able to present buyers with an attractive line up of youngsters."


Ralph Satchell owner of Willow Grove Stud  has advised that stallion Clangalang  has been relocated to Gee Gees Horse Stud in Tasmania to make way at Willow Grove for proven Sire Host.  Ralph said he would like to thank all those clients who sent mares to Clangalang in the three years he stood at Willow Grove and wishes Mr & Mrs Geard the best of luck with Clangalang and hope they breed another Gee Gees Black Flash.  The 2015 roster at Willow Grove is Host at $4,400 and Mint Lane at $3,300.


G1 winning Kiwi sprinter BOUNDING (Lonhro-Believe'n'Exceed) will continue her racing career in Australia.  The incumbent New Zealand sprinter of the Year and 2014 S.A. Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Finalist bred by South Australian Michael Birchall, is being transferred to the Randwick stables of Peter and Paul Snowden.  Owner Gary Harding made the decision to send last year's Railway Stakes winner to Australia after on-going foot issues frustrated attempts of Ken and Bev Kelso to get her back to the track "It's been a hard decision to make after Ken and Bev have done such a wonderful job with her, but the reality is that her options in New Zealand are very limited as opposed to what's available in
Australia" Harding said.


Breed shaping stallion Success Express has passed away peacefully at Vinery Stud at the age of 30.  Raced by Eugine Klein and trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas, Success Express was an exceptional 2YO having won four of his eight starts culminating in the Breeders Cup Juvenile at Hollywood Park in 1987.  He held the race record for that race when it was run over the distance of one mile.  The son of Hold Your Peace and Dancing Champ mare Au Printemps,first arrived in Australia in 1989 after being imported by businesman Robert Holmes a Court to stand at his Heytesbury Stud.  After a change of direction he was sent to Trelawney Stud in New Zealand where he stood for two seasons.  Purchased in 1993 by Queensland breeder Peter Moran he was then relocated to Widden Stud where he stood between 1993 and 1997 before being moved to Moran's Noble Park Stud in 1998.  In 2001 he was relocated to Chatswood Stud in Victoria for two seasons before again moving back to Noble Park in 2003.  Both Success Express and his G1 winning son Mossman were secured by Vinery in 2004.  Boasting career progeny earnings of more the $37 million and with a ratio of winners to runners of over 73%, Success Express sired 8 individual G1 winners including Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, successful sire son Mossman, New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success and AJC Champagne Stakes winner Quick Star.   He is the dam sire of three Cox Plate winners, Savabeel, Pinker Pinker and Shamus Award.  All this achieved from an average book of just 66 mares during his 18 seasons at stud.  Declining fertility led to this retirement from stud duties in 2006 and he has been living in retirement at Vinery since.  It is a testament to the stallion he was that his only foal from 2006 season, Beach Express, became his final stakes winner.  A horse of great character, he will be sadly missed by the partners and staff of Vinery.


Firing Line lived up to his big reputation with a thoroughly dominating performance in the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3) on Sunday, with the 3-year-old son of Line of David winning by 14 ¼-lengths in near track-record time. Firing Line is from the Group 1 placed Sister Girl Blues, a half sister to South Australian based sire Mint Lane (USA).

Firing Line was sent off the 1-5 favorite on Sunday, and after contesting four-way duel for the first half of the race, Firing Line began to pull away from the field. Hall of Famer Gary Stevens was basically motionless the entire trip as Firing Line outclassed the competition in the stretch, winning in hand in 1:47.39 on a fast track.

Firing Line  looms as  a leading contender on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, his win assures the Simon Callaghan trainee a spot in the May 2 Classic.

Firing Lines breakthrough race on Sunday came after narrow losses to another leading Derby contender in Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert B. Lewis S. (G3). His overall record is now 2-3-0 in five starts, with $574,800 in earnings.


A new national body incorporating racing’s key national functions and assets has commenced this week as Racing Australia.
Racing Australia merges the Australian Racing Board (ARB), Racing Information Services Australia (RISA) and the Australian Stud Book (ASB) into one entity. Importantly, it consolidates the databases of the industry which will lead to substantial cost savings and greater efficiencies in the future.
Whilst it will be business as usual in the delivery of services, industry participants will have the convenience of dealing with a single organization. The shareholders of Racing Australia are the eight Principal Racing Authorities representing every State and Territory.
Racing NSW Chairman, John Messara AM, was elected the Chairman of Racing Australia by his fellow Directors at the inaugural Racing Australia Board meeting on 13 April 2015.
“The formation of Racing Australia promises to be an exciting period for the industry. There is enormous scope to better utilise the industry’s combined assets for the benefit of industry participants. The integration of the databases will significantly enhance integrity and transparency and a number of initiatives in this regard will be announced in coming months” Mr Messara said.
“Racing Australia represents a long held desire by the Australian racing industry for greater unity and cohesion between jurisdictions. I believe that the goodwill which brought Racing Australia about will see it serve the interests of the industry into the future” Mr Messara concluded.


Hussonet’s Group 1 winning miler Host (Chi) will stand his first season at Willow Grove Stud this year.

Host has made an encouraging start to his stud career siring 64 winners of 91 winners in his first three crops for over $4.20 million in prizemoney.  “He’s got one of the best strike-rates in the country,” Willow Grove owner Ralph Satchell said.  “We’ve set his fee at $4,400 (inc gst) and that’s great value for a horse of his calibre.”

Satchell arranged the relocation from Swettenham Stud in Victoria and Adam Sangster will continue to support the horse in South Australia.  “It was purely a numbers game,” the Woodside-based studmaster explained.  “Swettenham has room for six stallions and Adam has just signed up Toronado, Trust In A Gust and Puissance de Lune.”

Host campaigned at the top level throughout his racing career and had a devastating turn of foot that took him to Group 1 victories in the Chilean 2000 Guineas and Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

His initial crop was led by Philippi who was a Group 2 winner of the Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill and Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.  He was sold to Hong Kong and, racing under the new name Vanilla, has won two races over 1800m for clients of trainer Caspar Fownes.

Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson, best known as the breeder of world champion Black Caviar, has been one of Host’s strongest supporters.  He bred Philippi and believes Host will nick particularly well with the My Babu sireline.

Mares influenced by Sir Tristram and Century immediately come to mind as well Century’s champion sire son Rubiton.  Philippi’s second dam is from a mare by Century.

Fellow first-crop son Hosting won the LR Weekend Hussler Stakes at Caulfield and also scored at Rosehill on a hit-and-run trip to Sydney.  He is from a Zabeel mare and continues to win races for Greg Eurell despite fracturing a humerus bone at Flemington 12 months ago.

“Host sires athletic types that race up to their good looks,” Satchell added.  “His only colt at the 2015 Adelaide Magic Millions sold for $55,000 and he has 85 rising two year-olds so there’s bound to be more stakes winners before his first Willow Grove yearlings go to the sales.”

Another Host with a black-type career ahead is Lindsay Park three year-old Hong Kong Captain.  He won the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley during a summer campaign and David Hayes is on record as saying he’s a Group 1 performer of the future

Willow Grove is home to USA bred stallion Mint Lane and he’s also off to a promising start at stud with 6 winners to date from his first crop.  His Singapore based sprinter Star General looked a particularly promising type winning his maiden at Kranji last month.


Long time bloodstock consultant David Bridgland has been awarded Life Membership of the S.A. Thoroughbnred Breeders.

The recognition was announced at the recent SA Awards Dinner and was presented this week at the latest meeting of the SATB  after 20 years of service to the organisation as a committee member.  The long thoroughbred career for David commenced in 1986 during a 3 year stint at ABCOS under the tutelage of David Coles OAM.  He was appointed the Regional Manager for Breeders in the South-East of SA and during this time formalised a stallion selection service as well as preparing the first pilot for a SA racing and breeding incentrive scheme in 1987

Bridgland joined the SATB committee in 1995 while working as Racing Secretary at Lindsay PLark during a time that the stable was the first in Australian history to win $10 million in prizemoney in a season.  Bridgland's dedicatioin to the growth of the SA Thoroughbred industry intensified in 1996 when he was appointed as the inaugural Manager of SABIS (now SABOIS) and was responsible for the scheme launch, funds raising and management.  In his 9 years as the head of SABIS the rise in bonuses was significant - metropolitan bonuses almost doubling to $20,000 in less than eight seasons.

Between 200 and  2012 Bridgland operated as an FBAA accredited bloodstock agent trading as David Bridgland  Bloodstock and during this time he tasted great success including the purchase of Madame Flurry, the dam of local star performer Happy Trails.  He was also responsible for the mating plans for the aforementioned Happy Trails as well as fellow stakes winners Hollow Bullet, Honalee and Zip Baby Zip.  He was also closely linked to other stakes winners includiing Umaline and Champion Star and city winners Imperial Lines, Exclusive Reign, Pura Seda, Buyers and Sellers, Manchester Boy, Confessor's Halo and Halo Amore.

Bridgland holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics and Zoology from the University of Adelaide and also a Masters in Business Administration from the University of SA.

Through his 20 year tenure on the SATB committee Bridgland was instrumental in formalising the criteria for the SA Breeders Awards, the promotion of SA based stallions, a lobbyist for the growth of SABOIS taking a technical role of statistical analysis of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling sale as well as being an advocacy of ethics.

Bridgland becomes the fifth life member of the SATB following on from Dr. Campbell Baker, Phillip Neck, and Brian and Peter Toole


Magic Millions announced today that they are doubling the value of the Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO classic from 2016 "Following on from the recent announcement from TRSA regarding the significant prizemoney increases across the state we are exicited to announce extra funding to stage South Australia's riches juvenile race"  Magic Millions Director Vin Cox announced.  Buyers at the upcoming Adelaide Yearling Sales will have the opportunity to purchase a yearling to run in the $200,000 Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic as well as 18 other races in the series which runs across six states .


Cornerstone Stud has announced that that Champion European Freshman Sire Zebedee, the precocious son of imposinjg sire Invincible Spirit, will stand his first season in Australia at a fee of $17,600 inc gst.  Zebedee concluded 2014 having amassed 32 individual 2YO winners in his first crop, including Cartier Two Year Old colt of the year finalist Ivawood, one of the favourites for the English 2000 Guineas in May.


Before a crowd of over 260 guests at the TattsBet SA Thoroughbred Breeders Awards dinner on Saturday night (31/1/15) HAPPY TRAILS was crowned Goldners Horse Transport Horse of the Year for 2014.  His sire Good Journey received the accolades of Leading South Australian Sire and also Leading  2year Old Sire, with  Elegant Eagle, dam of Leading 3yo Go Indy Go and Horse of the Year finalist Essay Raider voted Broodmare of the Year.  The Jolly family, Peter, David & Richard were presented with the Matrice Award for service to the Industry. Happy Trails was bred by committee member Brenton Parker and his wife Liz and owned by Erica Dickmann and family and trained by Paul Beshara - a real South Australian success story.


On the first day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales Gai Waterhouse paid $450,000 to  purchase the Redoute's Choice-Augusta Proud filly bred by South Australian breeder Kerry O'Brien.   This is the first foal out of the 2yo Magic Millions Classic winning mare Augusta Proud.


The record for the highest price ever achieved on the Gold Coast by a yearling filly from a first season sire was claimed by the Sepoy-Celebrity Girl filly from the Mill Park draft which sold for $850,000 on the first day of the Gold Coast Magic Millioins Sales.  The filly was bred by Adelaide breeders Trevor and Beth Robertson and prepared for them by Mill Park. 


The S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family of Ross Young of Glenrae Stud who passed away 11/12/14.  Glenrae Stud at Pt. Broughton is in the 64th year of standing stallions, the longest continuing stud with stallions in South Australia.  Ross was a great supporter of the local breeding industry and stood stallions of the calibre of Masthead, Beau Walk, Ping Ching (sire of Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Guineas winner Yangtze) to name a few.  He was twice leading South Australian breeder and winner  of the Matrice Award in 2000 for his service to the industry and was life member of the S.A. Jockey Club.


The S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders Association is delighted to announce a new partnership with TattsBet.

TattsBet one of Australia's largest tote and fixed price race betting provider, will be the official naming rights partner of the S.A.T.B. Awards Night as part of the new deal.  The TattsBet SATB Awards night is an event that celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of the South Australian breeding industry.  The additional support from TattsBet will enable SATB to provide our members and friends with access to an even more unique, compelling and enjoyable experience.  TattsBet South Australian General Manager Tony Flanegan said they were looking forward to partnering with the Breeders Association.  "TattsBet is proud to continue investing in the South Australian racing industry - one which provides tens of thousands of jobs across the state"  Mr. Flanegan said.  "Breeding is one of thie foundations of the industry, so we're thrilled to develop a strong and ongoing partnership with the Association.

Chris Watson, SATB Chairman said they were delighted to be partnering with TattsBet.  "We're pleased to acknowledge that we are partnering with a brand that makes a significant contribution towards funding prizemoney.  We think this is extremely important for not only the South Australian racing industry but also our breeding industry"  Chris said.

TattsBet is one of Australia's leading pari-mutuel and fixed price betting provider with more than 1,400 retails outlets across Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory as well as nationwide via TattsBet com and the Tatts app.


Congratulations to well known West Coast Breeder, Gerald Schlink, who was breeder of winners of three of the nine races at Port Lincoln on Friday, 28/11/14. Glenross and Highest Note both trained by Darryl Carrison and ridden by Troy Baker are part owned by Gerald and the other winner Kalinga Lock trained by Byron Cousamanis brought up the treble for jockey Troy Baker.


At meeting of the S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders this week Brenton Parker announced he would not he standing for President and nominated Christopher Watson from Mill Park Stud to take his place. C. Watson was duly elected as the new President  with Ralph Satchell and Sam Hayes being elected as the two  Vice  Presidents.  B. Parker has taken on the role of Treasurer.


Avoid Lightning, Fawkner, Hawkspur, Riziz and Happy Trails have been added to the previous selections of Angel of Mercy Bounding, Go Indy Go, Kushadashi and Moment of Change as nominees for the Horse of the Year Finalists.  The Goldners Horse Transport Horse of the Year will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner to be held at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday, 31st January 2015.  For more details of the Dinner contact:  email or phone 0882970733


Exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival for Cornerstone Studs resident stallions with Hussonet top sire with 3 winners, Hijack Hussey, Mahara and You Rock.  Good Journey was third in the carnival winning stallions list with Happy Trails bred by Brenton Parker and his wife Liz winning the G1 McKinnon stakes and Lord Aspen by Sandra and Malcolm Hale winning the Listed Hilton Hotel Stakes.


The Australian Racing Board (ARB), Racing Information Services Australia (RISA) and the Australian Stud Book (ASB) will merge to form a new national body called 'Racing Australia'. The consolidation of the racing industry's key assets has been supported by all eight State and Territory Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs) which are the shareholders of both the ARB and RISA. The ASB has been acquired from its joint owners the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Australian Turf Club (ATC) by RISA as a prelude to its integration with Racing Australia. The consolidation of the databases of the ASB and RISA will significantly enhance integrity as well as lead to greater efficiencies and cost savings to the industry. ARB Chairman John Messara AM said that the Stud Book would retain its unique identity into the future and be bolstered by a breeders' advisory committee for the first time. "The Keeper of the Stud Book, Jacqueline Stewart, leads a very good team and we look forward to working with her to strengthen and expand the role and functions of the Stud Book in the interests of breeders and racing alike," Mr Messara said. "The custodianship of the Stud Book by the VRC and ATC over 103 years has seen it take its place as one of the most innovative and respected stud books in the world." The legal and financial formalities required in establishing Racing Australia will be implemented over the coming months with an official commencement date for the new entity of 31st March 2015.


The ARB has accepted the Australian Patterns Committee recommendation of 14 Black Type upgrades :

Upgraded to G2 - Blue Diamond Prelude, The Run to the Rose, Bobbie Lewis and Golden Pendant

Upgraded to G3 - Blue Diamond Preview, WATC Gimcrack Stakes, Black Opal, Canonbury Stakes,Ethereal, Eskimo Prince, Bendigo Cup and La Trice

Upgraded to Listed - Blue Sapphire and Atlantic Jewel


11/9/14  The Australian Racing Board today endorsed the Australian Pattern Committee's recommendation for a rescheduling of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Carnival.  The Carnival will move  one week earlier and the Golden Slipper will be brought forward two weeks, resulting in the Golden Slipper being run on the 21st March and the Championships on the 4th and 11th April.


The Boards of Thoroughbred Breeders  Australia and Aushorse Marketing have announced that Tom Reilly, current editor of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper will take up the role of CEO of TBA & Aushorse

in Mid September.  "it's a tremendous honour to become chief executive of TBA & Aushorse and I'm looking forward to starting in the role" said Mr. Reilly. TBA Chairman Basil Nolan welcomed the appointment "I am thrilled that someone of Tom's ability with an understanding and passion for the racing industry from an early age has accepted the role" said Mr. Nolan "I feel that Tom has the capacity to deliver a sound outcome for all breeders of Thoroughbreds in this very competitive environment"


The Australian Racing Board is set to take control of all administrative racing-data services when it finalises its purchase of the Australian Stud Book for $18 million this week, reports .  The Stud Book started in 1878, has been owned by Australian Turf Club and Victoria Racing Club since 1910 and is set to be acquired by the ARB which will also take control of Racing Information Services Australia (RISA) in the next six weeks.  ATC chairman Michael Crismale confirmed that the ARB was the buyer "The ARB will take control and have all racing-data records centralised, which can only be good for the sport and its integrity" Crismale said.  "It has been more than 12 months to get to this point and we should finalise things this week.  It is a good result for the club and the industry"  The Stud Book is the Australian thoroughbred industry's library and it records all stallions and broodmares in Australia as well as the more than 15,000 foals a year.  It has the responsibility of recording a brands register and assists with research into and promotion of the breed.  It was feared that it would add to the costs for horse owners had it become privately owned,  however, the ARB will continue it as an industry asset and an independent body, which has been welcomed by leading breeders.  "I think the centralisation of the Stud Book to the ARB will continue it as a world leader" Vinery Stud boss Peter Orton said "It will be independent of the breeders and there are great benefits in having the administrative part of the business controlled by a body like the ARB"  As a non profit organisation the ARB will return any profits from the operations of the Stud Book and RISA to the industry.  There will also be obvious cost savings in bringing the two databases together.


11/8/14  Riziz bred and trained by Ken Sweeney took his record to 10 wins when he won the G3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.  His wins have included the Listed Matrice Stakes, Listed Adelaide Guineas, Listed Creswick Stakes, Listed Oakbank Stakes and Listed All Victorian Sprint Final and his 8 placings include 3rd G1 Goodwood Handicap, 2nd Listed Nitschke Stakes & 3rd G3 John Monash Stakes  from 26 starts he has accrued earnings of $73,000.


Willow Grove stallion Mint Lane  recorded his first winner at the Perak Gold Vase meeting on 27/7/14.  Beyond Wealth having his third race start won easily by 2 lengths.  At his first 2 starts he ran close thirds in large fields against 3 yo over 1300m but back to 1200m and in a 2 yo race he won easily.  Beyond Wealth was sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions Sale for $28,000 and is from the Testa Rossa mare Wings of Alice.  Another Mint lane and stablemate After Me ran third in the same race.  Mint Lane has now had 6 runners for 1 winner and 4 placegetters.


Buddy Bundy's win in the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday  brought up the second stakes winner in quick succession for Mary Birnie and Greg Sanders.   From just nine runs Buddy Bundy has won 6 races and been placed twice. Sino Brilhante also bred by Mary  last week  won a G2 in Macau for the Gary Moore stable.


The S.A. Thoroughbred Breeders are holding a Seminar at the Morphettville Junction on THURSDAY 31ST JULY 2014.  Guest speakers Taxation Consultant PAUL CARRAZZO with updates on the latest tax happenings for the thoroughbred industry and DR. BILL MARMION Morhettville Equine Clinic to discuss X-rays for Yearlings.  For more information and bookings contact 8297 0733 or email


The online Stallion Return facility is now available for stallion proprietors to lodge stallion returns for the 2014 covering season.  On acceptance of payment your stallion will be advertised on the Stud Book Website and displayed in thie "Stallions standing in Australia" listing.


10/7/14  There have been some significant changes in the health regulations for pregnant mares imported into Australia and New Zealand from the UK and Europe.  These changes which came into effect yesterday, will make it much easier and cheaper for buyers in this part of the world to purchase empty fillies/mares at Tattersalls Newmarket Sales to breed to southern hemisphere time.  Australia and New Zealand no longer requires pregnant mares to undergo additional contagious equine mitritis (CEM) import quarantine procedures until after foaling.  The only import quarantine period required is the standard 2 weeks upon arrival, after which time pregnant mares have freedom of movement.  In addition neither Australia or New Zealand require any CEM testing prior to mating in Europe.  Horses can now be mated without pre-mating test regimes and these mares are now simply tested during pre-export quarantine for CEM along with the other required testing. Australia still requires mares to arrive no more than 7 months pregnant and New Zealand no more than 300 days pregnant - Jenny McAlpine


A top price of $82,000 for a broodmare at the Magic Millions June Mixed Sale was just reward for the vendor Mr Wong Kwan of Hong Kong, and a tick of approval for the future of this event.

Puttanesca, winner of 2 races incl the ARC Royal Stakes( Gr 2) with placings in the WRC Desert Gold S (Gr3), the Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr2) and the Manawatu Eulogy S (Gr3 was the star of the day.

In a well travelled 15 start career, Puttanesca was a top class 3yo in New Zealand and also competed in both the NZ Oaks and NZ Derby before being sold to America.

There she ran in the Hollywood American Oaks (Gr1), with her final start in America being a good 5th in the Hollywood Matriarch Stakes (Gr1) behind Ventura and Tuscan Evening. Returning to Melbourne she had her final race start in the MRC WW Cockram Stakes (Gr3) and was subsequently retired to Stud.

She was part of Mr Wongs Dispersal, selling without reserve

At least 4 individuals were bidding on the attractive well made mare with popular Magic Million client Mr Ian Smith of Edinburgh Park, Taree, NSW winning the day with a final bid of $82,000 by phone.

Ian has been a successful breeder and seller with Magic Millions for many years and bred and sold the Superstar Hong Kong Champion Silent Witness. Ian also  sold his top class half sister, Sister Madly at the 2011 Broodmare Sale for $1,000,000  to Segengoe Group and more recently Bull Point was sold by Edinburgh Park for $950,000 to Coolmore at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Other highlights of the day were the smart 3yo gelding Thomason selling for $16,000 to David Halliday and the Hong Kong Champion Super Kid for $10,000 selling to Sam Hayes’ Cornerstone Stud for $10,000 which compares more than favorably with other Stallions of that ilk offered at Interstate sales.

Trained in Hong Kong by David Hayes, Super Kid won 3 Group 1 races against formidable company in an illustrious career before retiring to Stud.

Super Kid raced against and defeated the likes of Bullish Luck, Bowman’s Crossing, The Duke, & Hidden Dragon and was also 2nd to Barely A Moment in the MRC Invitation Stakes (Gr1) on his return to Australia.

Several of Super Kids progeny were also sold and impressed buyers with their quality and scope, so with further opportunities at Stud, we can expect to see some smart runners by him in the future.

‘I trust this shows the local vendors of this sale that we can provide a solid buying bench if we get good quality Bloodstock entered” said Magic Million Adelaide consultant Adrian Hancock.

“This sale is very cost effective for vendors when compared to taking a horse to Melbourne so I encourage locals to support these sales when they are scheduled” he added. “ The bigger and better the entries, the bigger and better the support”.

On a delightful winters day, all up, close to 90% of the stock offered was sold with a few of the remaining passed in lots being negotiated upon post sale.

New Chairman at Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and CEO Position Becomes Available

On Monday 2nd June at a joint meeting of the boards of directors of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse Marketing held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Basil Nolan succeeded Trevor Lobb as President of TBA.  Trevor has served in the role since September 2008. Basil Nolan is the current president of Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland and with his wife Diane owns Raheen Stud based in the Gladfield Valley, Queensland.  He has served on the TBQA board since 1969 and on the national body since 2005.

In a further change, Chief Executive Officer Chauncey Morris informed both boards of his intention to return to the United States for personal reasons by early August 2014.  A search for a new CEO will begin immediately.


24/4/14  Talented Hussonet mare Angel of Mercy claimed another feature race win taking out the G3 Lord Mayor's Cup at Doomben on Saturday. Angel of Mercy was bred in South Australia by Mill Park Stud and Bob & Helen Dinham and sold at the 2010 Magic Millions  sales for $180,000.  Her dam Pieta is a half-sister to four-time G1 winner Divine Madonna.  She has now won 6 races from 26 starts and has earned $431,575 in prizemoney.


Horse SA have announced the launching of  a new website in collaboration with horse industry organisations who have combined forces to support the change of careers for horses transitioning from a racing career to that of a riding or pleasure horse in this state.  Believed to be the first website of its kind in Australia the "Changing Rein website supports the connection of people from racing and non-racing interests who have the whole-of-life interest of the horse foremost.

"Our aim is to promote & assist the successful transition of horses into new careers after racing" said Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer of Horse SA.

Check out the website  or contact Julie email:


South Australian wines are not the only winners for Rob Hill Smith (Vintage Bloodstock). Rob is the breeder of Kushadasi, which won the G1 SA Derby in a thrilling finish on Saturday at Morphettville. Congratulations Rob and other connections incluing local trainer Richard Jolly.


Saturday 26/4/14 will be a day to remember for well known South Australian Breeder, Harry Perks, who had three stakes winners in one day. Go Indy Go won the G1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick, Essay Raider the G3 McKay Stakes at Morphettville and Gamblin' Guru the G3 Chairman Stakes also at Morphettville.  All were trained by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.


Gai Waterhouse paid $280,00 for South Australian breeders, Sandra & Malcolm Hale's Lot 186, a colt by Exceed & Excel - Rockabilla Bay at the Sydney Easter Sale.


The Group I VRC Victoria Derby might have come too soon for promising young stayer Gamblin’ Guru, but the Group I SAJC Derby looms large on his horizon following a tenacious win in the Listed SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville on Saturday.

A $70,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase from the draft of Mill Park, Gamblin’ Guru won the Listed Geelong Classic in the spring before being sent for a spell and hit top form in the 1800 metre contest to win by half a head.

Prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, Gamblin’ Guru beat Tupac Amaru when winning his previous stakes race at Geelong and that horse came out and ran second in the Group I ATC Australian Derby to Criterion at Randwick, so his SA Derby credentials look strong.

A son of English Derby winner New Approach, Gamblin’ Guru has won three races and placed five times from 13 starts earning over $223,000 in prizemoney.

Bred by the Guru Breeding Syndicate, Gamblin’ Guru is the second foal and second winner from unraced Glory Guru, a half-sister by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) to triple Group I winner and Champion Australian 3YO Gold Guru and Group II winner Gallant Guru.

Glory Guru had no yearling for the sales this year, but has a colt foal by Al Maher and was covered last spring by Medaglia D’Oro.


Talented Bernardini filly Go Indy Go was sent out a short priced favourite in the Group III SAJC Sires Produce Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday and zoomed clear of the opposition to win as she pleased.

Bred by renowned South Australian breeder Harry Perks and partners, Go Indy Go was raised at Mill Park and is yet another of their graduates to taste success for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.

Second at her only two previous runs in the Listed SAJC Cinderella Stakes and Group IIII SAJC Breeders Stakes, Go Indy Go relished the step up to 1400 metres for this assignment.

She travelled well back in the field for Jason Holder, but was held up momentarily in the straight before shouldering Fastnet Rock colt Easter Cape out of the way to make her move.

From that point it was all over as she dashed quickly away to win by more than three lengths.

Go Indy Go is a full sister to Group II placed sprinter Essay Raider being the second foal of minor winning Zabeel mare Elegant Eagle, a full sister to the dam of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed.

Elegant Eagle has a yearling colt by Medaglia D’Oro, a filly foal by So You Think and was covered last spring by Medaglia D’Oro again.

Go Indy Go is the 28th stakes-winner Darley shuttler Bernardini and is his sixth Australian stakes-winner this season.


Mill Park Stud enjoyed outstanding results at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale selling all five horses offered at an average price of $328,000 earning us a slot in the Top 10 vendors by average.

Best result for them was the half-sister by Starcraft to Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner that fetched $650,000 when secured by David Redvers Bloodstock. The first filly from top producing Group III winner Dane Belltar, she is also a half-sister to Group II winner Tanby and Group II placed Viking Star, so is a filly with immense worth both as a racing prospect and future broodmare. The eye-catching grey also set a new benchmark for her sire Starcraft in becoming his most expensive yearling.

The Fastnet Rock colt from Kaimana (USA) will be headed to Asia after being purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $500,000 and Fastnet Rock filly from Group II AJC Villiers Stakes winner Dances on Waves was bought by Peter Moody for $300,000.


17/4/14: Today the full Federal Court of Australia handed down a unanimous judgement dismissing the appeal brought by Bruce McHugh.  The decision upholds the judgement handed down by Justice Robertson in Federal Court in December 2012. The rules related to natural breeding of Thoroughbred horses and subsequently the Australian Rules of Racing of Thoroughbreds, have again been found to be valid and enforceable.  TBA President, Trevor Lobb hailed the decision as "wonderful"


Cornerstone Stud's genial marketing manager Ross Hatton is the proud father of a little girl, Mia born last week.  Congratulations to Kym & Ross.


Bred by Des Pope and Paul Saunders at Rubiton Bloodstock and raised and prepared for the Sydney Easter Sales at Oakbank, Amber Sky won the G1 Meydan Al Quoz Sprint at the recent Dubai World Cup meeting.  Another South Australian connection at Dubai was Sterling City who won the Golden Shaheen G1 and is out of the Brief Truce mare, So Gorgeous, which was raced here by David Peacock.


A great feature of the Awards Dinner was the auction of a Service Fee to Dalakhani which was donated by the Aga Khan Studs.  David Puglisi was the top bidder going to $20,500.  A limited editon print of Black Caviar's wins was also auctioned and Paula & Robert Malliotis went to $1000 to obtain this magnificent print.


The Morphettville Equine Matrice Award was won by Blevic.  The Matrice Award is presented for outstanding service to the South Australian Thoroughbred Industry.  Brian and David Toole accepted the award on behal of Kambula Stud.


David Peacock collected awards for Leading SA Broodmare,  Oh So Discreet, breeder Leading 3 year old, Maybe Discreet, breeder G1 winner, Maybe Discreet,  Leading South Australian Breeder - stakes performers,the SABOIS Breeders Premiership and SABOIS Leading 2 yo premiership with Exodus. To finish off the night he also won 1st prize in the raffle.


At the SA Thoroughbred Breeders Awards night at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday 22nd February a crowd of over 210 guests saw Hawkspur crowned the Goldners Horse Transport Horse of the Year 2013.

Bred and owned by Mr David Puglisi from Port Lincoln, Hawkspur was winner of the G1 Queensland Derby, G2 Chelmsford Stakes, G3 Grand Prix Stakes & G3 Rough Habit Stakes and 2nd G3 Carbine Stakes.  Close runners up were Happy Trails, Moment of Change and Maybe Discreet.


South Australian breeder Michael Birchall started the New Year with a G1 win when BOUNDING by Lonhro out of his mare Believe'n'succeed won the G1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie , Auckland on New Year's Day.


Chauncey Morris CEO Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse voiced concern regarding an article that appeared in newspapers across Australia, titled "Racehorse owners to fight Tax Office crackdown"

The article states "Overturning years of industry practice, the tax office has ruled that breeders who also race their horses are not carrying on a business, meaning they may not use the losses to reduce the tax bill payable on their other income"  This statement and the overall tone of the article appears misleading.  The ATO has not changed its approach to deliberating on the question of "business vs hobby"

Thoroughbred taxation expert, Adam Tims of Stable Financial, and current Treasurer of TBA and Aushorse states,  "The ATO view on tax matters relating to the Thoroughbred industry is still found in its public ruling TR2008/2.  It is business as usual and each taxpayer's unique situation continues to be assessed on a case by case basis.  Hundreds of years of case law remain relevant."

The increased audit activity referred to in yesterday's article is due to greater scrutiny of wealthy Australians rather than a specific crackdown of the Thoroughbred Industry.  It just so happens that many wealthy Australians also compete in the Thoroughbred Market.

Both TBA and Aushorse have played strong advocacy roles in the area of taxation and the Thoroughbred Industry.  For decades, the peak Federal body for breeders in Australia has enjoyed a collaborative approach with the ATO including forming a formal partnership during 2006/7 that culminated in the release of TR 2008/2. TBA and Aushorse also actively represented breeders during the introduction of GST and more recently the changes to "non-commercial loss provisions"

Adam Tims states:  "Taxation is a specialised area in our unique industry mainly due to the diversity of its participants' operations.  Investors in the Australian breeding industry should remain confident that the ATO have not changed their approach in determining the business status of Thoroughbred participants"


This week the South Australian breeding industry lost two of its well known and respected industry figures.  David Coles and Patrick Finn both passed away on 9/11/13.  We extend our sincere sympathy to both their families.


After a close third in the VRC Turnbull Stakes Fawkner claimed the Caulfield Cup with  a length and quarter win over highly rated import Dandino with last year's VRC Oaks winner Dear Demi a gallant third.  Bred by South Australian breeder Steve Bennetts, Fawker is by Reset  out of the Danewin mare Dane Belltar and is one of her four winners from four foals to race.  He is a half brother to stakes winning stayer Tanby and stakes placed Viking Star.   Fawkner was a $70,000  purchase from the Mill Park Stud draft at the 2009 Inglis Sales and is the third Caulfield Cup winner raised at Mill Park joining Southern Speed (2011) and Mummify (2003)


Top executives from the thoroughbred industry have warned they may have to leave the Hunter Valley if the controversial Drayton South coal mine is approved, reports the Sydney Herald.  The future of the Hunters' multi-billion thoroughbred industry would be in jeopardy if the $500 million Drayton South coal mine goes ahead. Hunter Thoroughbred Association president Dr. Cameron Collins told the Planning Assessment Commission hearing that the prime agricultural industry was fundamentally incompatible with mining. "We cannot co-exist in such close proximity to a coal mine, this proposal is best described as a hostile take-over.  Nowhere else in the world would this be allowed to happen".  Coolmore Australia chairman Ken Barry said that the closest open cut mine the the stud's farm was presently 7 km, but the proposed new Drayton South Mine would be only 1.5 km away.  People packed into the Denman Memorial Hall, to hear speakers from both sides argue for and against the mine.  Scone Race Club chief executive Noel Leckie warned of the potential consequences if the Hunter's two biggest studs Darley and Coolmore did decide to move.  "Horse breeding has been in the Hunter Valley for the past 200 years.  We would lose everything if they left" he said.


Happy Trails runner-up in last years South Australian Horse of the Year showed he is well in contention for this year's crown with his courageous win in the G1 Turnbull Stakes.  Bred by Liz & Brenton Parker, trained by Paul Beshara and owned and raced by Erica & Peter Dickmann, their son Justin and daughter in law Kim, daughter Nicole and her fiance Peter Swanell Happy Trails is a real South Australian success story.


Well known South Australian Breeder David Peacock is having a great year  Forever Discreet (Bernadini-She's Discreet) brought up his third individual Stakes winner for the year by winning the Listed Morphettville Guineas on Saturday. Just Discreet (Exceed & Excel) - Oh So Discreet won the Listed Matrice Stakes in March and the G3 Spring Stakes in August and Maybe Discreet (Sharmadal-Oh So Discreet) provided him with his first Group1 winner  in the G1 Australian Oaks  in April.  Congratulations David!


Australian Broodmare of the Year went for the third consecutive year to Helsinge as dam of unbeaten champion Black Caviar but now also dam of four times G1 winner All Too Hard. The award sponsored by the Australian Stud Book was presented by Jacqueline Stewart, Deputy Keeper of the Australian Stud Book at the National & NSW Breeding Awards Dinner at the Scone Racecourse.


The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) today announced that 67.9% of voters were in favour of the Thoroughbred Research, Development Extension levy.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) President Mr Trevor Lobb said,

"We are delighted with the results.  The strong yes vote means TBA will now prepare the required formal submission to the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry. "

Ballot papers were issued by the AEC on Monday 15 July, with the ballot closing on 8 August 2013, and the count conducted at the Melbourne Office of the AEC.

The Australian Government requires a majority of those eligible Thoroughbred breeders who are registered to vote, and who return completed voting papers, to support the levy proposal for it to pass and then be eligible for government consideration.

If approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the levy will be matched dollar for dollar by the Australian Government; this together with ongoing voluntary contributions from the Thoroughbred racing sector will provide a more secure Thoroughbred R&D fund of around $1 million per annum for investment in vital R&D projects focused on delivering practical outcomes for the Thoroughbred and racing industries including the production of more commercial yearlings, improvement in reproductive techniques and the management of exotic diseases.

Mr. Lobb continued, "on behalf of TBA, we would like to thank all those who participated with special thanks to The Keeper and Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book (Australian Turf Club and Victoria Racing Club) as well as the directors of the Australian Racing Board for continuing their voluntary contribution towards development of the racehorse."

The proposal is for a charge of $10 per mare covered per season and paid by the stallion owner, and a charge of $10 per mare returned per season and paid by the broodmare owner. The planned operative date for the Levy is 1 August 2014.


Second Effort's  win in the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes made it his fourth stakes success and took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes & Listed Wangoon Handicap - twice) & 7 placings including the Gr2 Memsie Stakes, Listed Chester Manifold Stakes & Listed Sir John Monash Stakes) from 30 starts for $657,843 earnings.  Second Effort is by Mossman - Relativity and is bred by Chris & Geoff Tucker from Yorketown.


Leading US sire and former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Unbridled's Song (Unbridled-Trolley Song) was euthanized on Friday due to complications from a brain tumour.  The 20 year old who stood at Taylor Made Stallions, Kentucky has sired 96 stakes winners, including 44 group winners from 14 crops of racing age.  Unbridled's Song boasts the impressive statistice of having sired a Gr1 winner every year for 12 consecutive years.


"The Land" reports that the VRC is tipped to make an offer on the Australian Stud Book within weeks.  The VRC which already owns a 50% stake in the ASB has the right to make the first offer on the other 50% being offered by the Australian Turf Club. Racing Information Services Australia which handles nominations for all Australian Race Meetings as well as the naming register, is expected to put a bid forward if the VRC is unsuccessful

Thoroughbred R&D Levy Ballot Opens

The Australian Electoral Commission last week sent ballot papers to all 8,415 Thoroughbred contact breeders registered with the Australian Stud Book. Thoroughbred Breeders CEO, Chauncey Morris said the ballot will test the breeding industry's support for a proposed statutory Thoroughbred Research and Development Levy, and urges all breeders to vote YES for this proposal.  Voting closes Thursday 8th August, 2013.


The appeal in McHugh v. AJC & Ors will commence on Wednesday 19th February 2014 and is set down for hearing in Sydney for three days


Peter Toole has announced that for the first time they will be standing a stallion at their well-appointed Ducatoon Park property at Kadina which has been used as a broodmare base for 18 years.  They selected Barbados, son of Redoute's Choice out of the Dual Group 1 winning Anabaa mare, Virage De Fortune.  Lightly raced due to a cracked pelvis as a weanling Barbados ran 2nd at his only start as a 2yo in Sydney and won his next start.  Barbados will stand for a fee of $4,500 +gst.  Enquiries should be made to Peter 0408 859812 or Mark 0408 213361.


Cornerstone Stud have announced that it will stand Ambidexter (Commands-Dextrous) in partnership with Darley Stud.  He is a three quarter brother to Sidestep, the 2013 Golden Slipper runner up and highest rated 2YO colt in Australia and also is a full brother to the G1 winner Skilled. Ambidexter will stand at a fee of $6,600 inc. gst.


At Randwick on Saturday, Cornerstone Stud's new shuttle stallion Dalakhani (Darshaan-Daltawa, by Miswaki) added a first Australian Group One success when 5YO entire Reliable Man (Dalakhani-On Fair Stage, by Sadler's Wells) scored an easy 2.5-lengths win for trainer Chris Waller in the $500,000 Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).


Congratulations to popular breeder David Peacock on the great win by Maybe Discreet in the G1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks.


One of the world's most successful breeders, His Highness the Aga Khan, has announced that they will be shuttling European Horse of the Year and leading sire DALAKHANI to Cornerstone Stud South Australia for the 2013 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

DALAKHANI (Darshaan-Daltawa) the four time Group One winner and sire of five Group One winners, will become the first stallion from the Aga Khan Studs to shuttle to Australia.

Monday 25/2/13

On Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Crowne Plaza Adelaide,  Alcopop was crowned the South Australian Horse of the Year for 2012.  It was a very close decision between Alcopop and runner-up Happy Trails with last year’s Horse of the Year, Southern Speed in third place.

Blevic took out the  award for the Leading South Australian Sire and Leading South Australian 2 yo Sire,  with Golden Eagle, dam of Southern Speed the Broodmare of the Year.  Other awards included,  Breeder of the Leading 2 Year Old, Harry Perks for Dinkum Diamond, Breeder of the Leading 3 Year Old, Peter Katelanis for Instinction.  Leading South Australian Breeders Category 1 (Stakes performers)

Toorak Park Stud,  and Category 2 (by S.A. Stallions) Lindsday Park Stud.    The prestigious Matrice Award which is for outstanding service to the South Australian Thoroughbred  Industry was awarded to Leon MacDonald.

A new concept was announced on the night  -  South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders “Millionaires’ Club”  It is for South Australian Bred, Owned and Trained horses which have achieved million dollar earnings.  The first three inductees are the current millionaires,  Alcopop, Happy Trails and Southern Speed.


Biosecurity SA - PIRSA have reported that Hendra Virus has been detected in a tissue sample taken from flying foxes that died in North Adelaide parklands during extreme temperatures earlier this month.  Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Rob. Rahaley said "people should be alert but not alarmed by the discovery of the virus in local flying foxes.  While this is the first time Hendra virus has been found in bats in SA, it was expected as our flying fox population most likely originated from Victoria and New South Wales.  It has always been assumed local flying foxes would have a similar status to animals in those states.  However we believe local factors such as vegetation and climate mean the risk to SA horses is much lower than it is in Queensland and northern NSW.

Further details and information on preventative actions are on their website:


Highlight of December was no doubt the stakes double registered by South Australian Bred HIDDEN VALUE.  The son of FACE VALUE  extended his winning sequence to five by winning the City of Marion Stakes and the Christmas Handicap. Bred, trained and raced by Trevor Dansie along with RN Liddy,  Hidden Value has won eight of his twelve starts for stakes of $295,000.


The S.A.Thoroughbred Breeders Annual Awards dinner will be held on 23RD FEBRUARY, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Hindmarsh Square Adelaide. Enjoy a fun evening with compere John Letts and "Physcological Illusionist" - Vinh Giang. The winner of the "Goldners Horse Transport Horse of the Year" will be announced and it will be a very close finish this year!

For further information and bookings phone:08 8297 0733 or email


19/12/12 In a press release today from Thoroughbred Breeders CEO, Chauncey Morris, he advised "In Sydney today, the Federal Court dismissed the claims of the Applicant, Mr. Bruce McHugh in McHugh v.AJC & Ors.  TBA president Trevor Lobb, speaking on behalf of Australia's 9,000 Thoroughbred Breeders, said "We are very grateful for today's decision.  Australia will continue to be able to send its best horses around the world and investors can buy yearlings with confidence in 2013"


Thoroughbred industry participants Adam Tims of Stable Financial and Ealing Park Tim Johnson have joined forces to "bring their experience, knowledge and skills under one roof", via the establishment of a new legal practice by Johnson called Stable Legal that will specialize in the thoroughbred industry.  Commenting on the venture, Johnson observed: "My 25 years operating and owning our family breeding farm, Ealing Park, has provided me with a great insight into the legal, commercial and practical issues that arise in our industry.  This is an insight few other lawyers would have."  Stable Financial provides taxation, accounting and business advisory services to the thoroughbred industry and the addition of a legal division provides obvious synergies


Magic Millions have announced that due to overwhelming support of the Adelaide Sale by vendors there will now be an evening session on Monday 11th March, 2013 to be held after the conclusion of the Adelaide Cup racemeeting, with approximately 80 lots to be offered

The sale will continue Tuesday 12th March 2013 with approximately 170 lots to be offered and Wednesday 13th March 2013, approximately 190 lots to be offered.


Ross Hatton, Client Relations and Nominations Managager, has reported that "Cornerstone Stud has taken steps to create a Facebook Page which will help us communicate with varioius people whether they are mare owners, fans of the stallions or racing enthusiasts.  We hope that as many people will "Like" the page as possible so that we can reach a wider audience"


I'm Too Sexy a Reaan half sister to Stralia was impressive in winning the preview jump out for the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.  Sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sales by Summerset Park Stud for $30,000.

Gerald Schlink welcomed the news as he is the proud owner of a Chestnut colt by Reann out of Sharpfield, born midnight last night (15/11/12)


Thoroughbred Racing SA have advised that the SABOIS nomination form for the 2011 foal crop, is on their website   SABOIS nominations close 31st January, 2013 but vendors will need to nominate by 30th November, 2012 to have the SABOIS logo in the Adelaide Magic Millions Catalogue


Congratulations to Liz & Brenton Parker, breeders of Happy Trails winner of the G1 Emirates Stakes.


Congratulations to Port Lincoln owner Mrs Lynlea Puglisi on her win with Arinosa in the all greys race at Flemington on Cup Day.


Dual SA Thoroughbred Breeders Horse of the Year, Durbridge passed away 25/10/12 aged 25. A brilliant racehorse, he won Six Group One races in three different states in a career that spanned five seasons.  He won 17 stakes races in all and over $3.3 million in prizemoney. In his stud career he sired fifty winners including stakes performer Victory Ranger.


Congratulations to South Australian Breeders Mr. J.A. Stephens and Mr. & Mrs. G. Gillam on their Group One win with Alcopop in the VRC McKinnon Stakes on VRC Derby Day.


Well known Port Lincoln Breeder, Owner and Trainer, George Dawson passed away at the Pt. Lincoln Hospital 29/10/12. We extend our sincere sympathy to his family.


Live Foal Mare Returns are due within 30 days of birth. To access the Online mare return program, log on via the home page and select the ‘Online Services’ / ‘Lodge Mare Return’ header


Maurice Blackburn is preparing to file a class action in the Federal Court for losses suffered by the equine industry as a result of the outbreak of Equine Influenza in 2007. If you would like information about this contact Maurice Blackburn  email:  Phone:  1800 801 812 or visit website


Brenton Parker has been elected as President of the SA Thoroughbred Breeders for the coming year.  Brenton replaces Graham Ingerson who resigned as president after holding that position for six years. Vice Presidents are Ralph Satchell and Christopher Watson.


Trevor and Julie Day have announced that Akhadan will stand the 2012 season and the remainder of his stud life at Riverside Stud.  Fee for 2012 is $3300.  Contact Trevor  0409 855 602 or Julie 0429 401 954


"The season is upon us and thousands of stallions will be mated with thousand of mayors in the months ahead"  (Not many contenders for the top job on Councils!)


Congratulations to breeder David Peacock for the easy win by Maybe Discreet in the Listed Morphettville Guineas 15/9/12.  Maybe Discreet is by Shamardal out of the great producing Bluebird mare Oh So Discreet.


Starting at 100/1 Achenar scored a great win in the Listed Wylie Handicap at Morphettville 15/9/12 for Pt. Lincoln Breeder/Owner/Trainer Annette Morrison. Bought by Annette for only $1000 when he was six months old Achenar has now won over $90,000 in stakemoney.


Another great result for local breeders Brenton & Liz Parker with Happy Trails win in the G2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley 15/9/12


Anglia (Octgonal (NZ - English Wonder (AUS) by Twig Moss) will stand this season at Allison and Bruce Potter's property at Strathalbyn. Anglia has already sired progeny with earnings of over $2.7 million, including stakeswinners Sam's Express and Song of Hope. Fee $1500 (incl.gst). Live foal guarantee. Contact Bruce Potter Phone:08 8536 8899, Mobile 0407 715 731, email


Twenty two-year-old broodmare, My Madonna who was in foal to Bernardini, last week died of a heart attack, in the same week 18 year old Group One winner, Umrum who was raced by the late Jon Cameron-Smith had to be euthanized.  Umrum had spent  his retirement being nanny/babysitter to numerous weanlings over the years.  My Madonna was the dam of Group One winner Divine Madonna and Group 3 winner Blessum as well as six other winners.  She was crowned South Australian Broodmare of the Year for two consecutive years in 2007 and 2008


Congratulations to Geoff and Chris Tucker, breeders of Second Effort (Mossman - Relativity) which  won the first Group 2  race for 2012/13 season, the P.B. LAwrence Stakes at Moonee Valley saturday 18/8/12.  Second Effort revelled in the heavy going to record his eighth win from nine starts, bringing his career earnings to $438,500


SABOIS bonuses were this week won by Daytona Grey $650, Curralee $1800, Assaboy $5300 and Zipalong $600.  Total of $8350.


Congratulations to Liz and Brenton Parker breeders of Happy Trails winner of the G3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville 11/8/12.


Four races, run in three states, join two others already recognised as restricted listed (RL) events on the Magic Millions calendar.

The races to receive the endorsement are:

* Magic Millions Wyong 2yo Classic - Wyong December

* Magic Millions Cup - Gold Coast, January

* Magic Millions Perth 2yo Classic - Ascot February

* Magic Millions Perth 3yo Trophy - Ascot February


SABOIS bonuses were this week won by Golobya $4350, Dinki Di Gold $5300, Bert Da Flyer $1800 and Meadowss Boo $900.  Total of $12,350.


SABOIS bonuses which are distributed to the Breeder, Owners, Trainer and Jockey on top of the stakemoney, were this week won by: Little Less Lip and Tsarina Wonder $13,500 each, Constant Momentum $4350, GetUp Stand Up $5300 and Curralee $1800.  Total of $38,450


Following a decision by Racing Victoria Limited CEO Rob Hines earlier this year not to renew his contract which comes up for renewal in November, RVL has announced Bernard Saundry as his successor. According to, "Saundry beat a field of Australian and international candidates for the $500,000-plus role." Currently chief operating officer for RVL, Saundry's previous experience includes stints as CEO of Harness Racing Victoria & CEO of the Western Bulldogs (AFL) "before stepping back into racing by launching and developing the racing industry's television network TVN between 2003 and 2004". Saundry then moved to RVL where he "took over as the director of commercial and racing development until 2007 and was acting RVL chief executive in 2008 before settling as chief operating officer". His new role commences December 1.


A new virus discovered in Queensland could help researchers understand how to manage and control the deadly Hendra and Nipah viruses. Named Cedar, after the location where it was discovered, this virus is a close cousin to Hendra but appears to be safe for humans and other mammals. "The significance of discovering a new henipavirus that doesn't cause disease is that it may help us narrow down what it is about the genetic makeup of viruses like Hendra and Nipah that does cause disease and death," research scientist Mr Gary Crameri said. "The more that we can learn about bat-borne viruses, the better chance we have of developing anti-virals and vaccines to help protect human health, Australia's livestock industry and our export trade from the threat of current and emerging animal diseases. Over 70 per cent of people and animals infected with Hendra and Nipah viruses die. This ranks henipaviruses amongst the deadliest viruses in existence, yet little is known about just how such viruses actually cause disease or death." The CSIRO discovered Cedar as part of ongoing research that includes the development of a horse vaccine against Hendra virus. Bats are an essential part of Australia's ecosystem working as pollinators, insect regulators and seed dispersers.


Nalyalppa Park have advised that the service fee for King of Danes has been reduced to $1500.


Recently deceased sire, Blevic accounted for 5 of the 8 winners at the Murray Bridge race meeting this week.


SABOIS bonuses which are distributed to the Breeder, Owners, Trainer and Jockey on top of the stake money were this week won by:  Maybe Discreet $13,500, La Caramba $1800 and Yes Squire $2200.  Total of $17,500.


The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) announces that at today’s Board Meeting, David Peacock resigned his position as Chairman, effective immediately, due to health reasons.

David Peacock and Bill Spear OAM were both elected to the SAJC Board in 2009, and have had a personal agreement they would serve on the board together and retire from the board at the same time. As a result, David Peacock and Bill Spear OAM will retire from the Board at the forthcoming SAJC Annual General Meeting (AGM).

This puts the SAJC in a position to hold an election in 2012 to fill these vacancies. The result of the election will be announced at the forthcoming AGM on the 29th November 2012.

During today’s meeting, an election was held with Tony Newman elected the new Chairman, Chris Sargent as Vice Chairman, and Allan Burchard as Deputy Vice Chairman. All positions were elected unanimously.

A formal recognition of David and Bill’s service will be made at the AGM. Today we say thank you to them both for their significant contribution to the club, and the racing industry.


Willow Grove Stud has announced that Clangalang who boasts 3 new stakeswinners including a Melbourne Group winner and $1.6 million in progeny earnings from only 85 runners for 2011/12 - and  overall progeny earnings approaching $5 million, has had his service fee for 2012 slashed to $3,300.  "A fee of $3,300 makes Clangalang the best value proven sire in the market place" Ralph Satchell said.


Sino Brilhante (Good Journey-Violet Haze) bred by Mary Birnie and sold at the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions Sales for $95,000 has brought up his second win for two starts in Macau.


Owned by Danny McGrath, Byron J. Cozamanis and Peter Blunt, King of Danes (Danehill-Impulsive Rhythm), winner of a G1 in Hong Kong and the G3  Illawarra Classic, will be standing at a new stud, Nalyappa Park at Moonta for the 2012 season. He is the sire of Multiglory, Hong Kong G2 winner (over Sacred Kingdom) and Polished Steel a G3 winner in South Africa.  Service fee $2350, contact Danny McGrath 0400 253 767 or Michaelia 0408 200 298 for further information.


We extend our sympathy to the family of Dick Willson who passed away

Monday, 16th July, 2012.  Dick was a longtime member of the SA Thoroughbred Breeders and a very well known and respected veterinarian in  Clare and surrounding districts.


Chairman of the ARB the Hon. Michael Duffy, has today announced the appointment of Peter McGauran as CEO of the ARB.  This appointment follows the departure of Andrew Harding to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Mr. Duffy paid tribute to Andrew's outstanding and long-standing service to the ARB and to the racing industry more widely.

"Peter is well qualified for the position having been CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia for three years and as Director of Strategy, Marketing and Public Affairs at Racing NSW"  Mr. Duffy said.

"Prior to that he served in public life for 25 years as the Federal Member for Gippsland with ten years as a Minister in various portfolios including


Peter McGauran said he was very pleased to join the ARB, the industry's peak national body:  "Racing is part of Australia's heritage and we need to harness the inherent goodwill and affection Australians feel for racing as we compete for the recreational and wagering dollar in the most competitive environment in racing's history.  The ARB plays a crucial role in bringing state and Principal Racing Authorities together to develop a uniform approach to common problems and issues,"  Mr. McGauran added.

Mr. McGauran will commence at the ARB in mid-August


Renowned South Australian bloodstock agent Adrian Hancock, has joined the Magic Millions team as an Adelaide based consultant.  Hancock joins the team to oversee the Adelaide arm of the Magic Millions operation and his role will see him liaising closely with all tiers of the South Australian industry.

Adrian began his bloodstock work under the legendary David Coles and spent a significant period with ABCOS and Magic Millions at Morphettville before establishing Hancock Quality Bloodstock in 2002

At this year's South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Awards night, Adrian was presented with the state's most prestigious industry recognition the "Matrice Award"

  Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said "We're thrilled to have Adrian back on the team as our South Australian based consultant.  He is well regarded across South Australia and indeed the country"

Adrian said "I am delighted Vin Cox and Gerry Harvey see South Auostralia as an integral part of their National and International agenda and I look forward to working with them on a consultancy basis to build the Adelaide Sales"


The Toole family of Kambula Stud is saddened to announce the unfortunate passing of their beloved stallion Blevic, a legend of South Australian breeding industry.  A resident at the Kadina based stud since 1996, Blevic was humanely euthanized after complications following colic surgery.  A dual Group One wnning racehorse, Blevic was a enormously popular and successful sire.  In his sixteen seasons at stud, he served 1218 mares with fertility exceeding 90%

To date he is the sire of 331 winners of over $21million including 41 stakes horses with 24 stakes winners the calibre of Blevvo, Shewan, Moudre, Exalted Ego, Shablec, Streetcar Magic, Under the Bridge, Sassabee, Exalted Lad, Glaneuse etc.

Daughters of Blevic have already produced the stakes winners Phelan Ready, Alcopop, Pellizotti and Strawberry Field.

He will be sadly missed by the South Australian breeding industry.


Magic Millions have announced that leading bloodstock agent Paul Beamish currently based in New Zealand will be their new state representative for New South Wales.


Stable Hill proprietor Owen Inglis is looking forward to building his breeding business after successfully establishing an association with Cornerstone Stud.  This initially signifies standing proven sire Face Value (Red Ransom) alongside the exciting young prospect Shrewd Rhythm (Danehill Dancer) at his 300 acre property at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.

Sam Hayes from Cornerstone Stud said the exclusive alliance was timely for a number of reasons.  "South Australia needed another stallion farm and Stable Hill will have our full support.  We are retaining our ownership in both stallions, however with the impending sale of David Hayes Lindsay Park property we needed to downsize our stallion roster in order to cater for the mare numbers exclusively on our neighbouring Cornerstone property."


Sino Brilhante (Good Journey-Violet Haze) bred by Mary Birnie lived right up to his wraps to cruise home in his debut in the Maiden over 1050m in Macau. Prepared by Ducatoon Park he was purchased for $95,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Sales by Gary Moore but unfortunately  lost the sight in his nearside  eye in a paddock accident which prevented him from racing in Australia.    Gary said "he has a beautiful temperament and that makes him the ideal horse for Macau, and I rate him as good as any horse that I have brought here"


A multiple Gr1 winner of the AJC Derby at 3 and the Epsom Handicap at 4, the 12 YO has been enjoying outstanding results in 2011/12 with progeny earnings of over $1.6 million, 3 Stakes winners and currently occupying 60th position on the General Sires List, from only 85 runners.

From an average of only 50 foals a season and his oldest only 6 YO's, Clangalang has achieved plenty, with 6 Stakes horses and winners of over $4.3 million to date.

Originally standing at Eliza Park Stud, Victoria, the syndicate opted to move Clangalang to Rivers End Stud in SA in 2011.  Louie Elia, principal of Rivers End and Clangaland shareholder said "With Rivers End on the market it makes sense to relocate Clangalang.  The syndicate is delighted to place him at a well respected and established stud such as Willow Grove.  We look forward to Clangalang receiving every opportunity to build on his already outstanding results at stud."

Clangalang will stand for $5,500 LFG


Typhon (God's Own-Scandinavia), a grandson of Redoute's Choice via God's Own is to stand the 2012 stud season at Glenrae Stud, Pt. Broughton for the fee of $1,500 +gst.  A son of champion broodmare Scandinavia he is a three quarter brother to the group 1 winner  Magnus and group 2 winner Wilander, he is also a younger half brother to Helsinge the dam of the world champion sprinter in Black Caviar, undefeated in 21 starts including 11 Group one races.  Scandinavia herself was also a group 2 winner and was group 1 placed four times.  TYPHON's sire God's Own is one of only four Redoute's Choice sons in Australia to sire multiple stakes winners.

TYPHON was certainly born into racing royalty that is only going to get better, as he has a rising 2yo half sister by Fastnet Rock and a yearling sister by Redoubte's Choice.


Congratulatons to Brenton & Liz Parker  breeders of Finiguerra which won the Listed Pt. Adelaide Cup on Saturday 12th May after winning the Hamilton Cup four weeks earlier. After the win at Hamilton, Brenton said that was their first Cup win, but they didn't take long to notch up a second win.


Hong Kong has known only one Triple Crown winner but Ambitious Dragon will attempt to rewrite that record when he lines up for the Standard Chartered Champions and Chater Cup (HKGr1 2,400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday 27th May.  Ambitious Dragon won the first two legs of the Triple Crown with success in Stewards Gold Cup (HKGr1 1,600m) in January and February's Hong Kong Gold Cup (HKGr1 1,200m).


Chris Russell who has been Manager of Magic Millions Adelaide Office for the past two years is departing South Australia to take up a position with Wm. Inglis.  We wish Chris all the best and hope to see him back here in Adelaide again one day.


Talented sprinter Basil Da Man became Blevic's 24th Stakeswinner when he scored a gritty win in the Listed Oakbank Stakes on Easter Saturday.  He is the eighth and final foal of The Pug mare, Sugar Grey whose first foal was the multiple stakes and prolific winner of the late nineties Zuccherino.


The Hon Michael Duffy ONZ MBE has been elected as the new Chairman of Australian Racing Board.  Mr. Duffy is currently Chairman of Racing Victoria Ltd. and has been a Director of the ARB since 2007.The Board's spokesman Andrew Harding said " Mr. Duffy's election as ARB Chairman is a highly significant development for racing nationally.  His many achievements in public life, his deep understanding of Government, his distinguished background in the law and his close affinity with racing are all things which will stand the ARB in good stead"



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