Friday, May 31, 2013


Great to see Forty Two Below back in the winners’ circle today. The Bel Esprit 7YO won his first race back in April 2009 and has now compiled seven wins and five placings from 23 outings.
Sent out over 1200m at Geelong, Forty Two Below rattled home from last on the turn before scoring with over two panels to spare, and Colin Little’s evergreen sprinter has now won close to $150k.
Forty Two Below is out of the stakes placed Danehill mare, Danish and we understand he’s named after the Kiwi produced vodka.

It was certainly an ice cold performance.


It was another notable day in the career of Victoria’s champion sire with mares in foal to Bel Esprit selling up to $170,000 on the Gold Coast, along with a ‘coast to coast’ double.
Bel Esprit got the ball rolling at the NSW port town of Kembla when nifty 2YO, Bel Barrage won her maiden with a barnstorming finish, while at Northam in WA, Bomber Bel logged up another first by winning his maiden comfortably.
Bred by Windy Hill Thoroughbreds and sold by Eliza Park for $50,000 at the 2011 Melbourne Premier, Bomber Bel was having only his third outing having debuted with a neck second at Bunbury last October.
Bomber Bel is out of the Suave Dancer mare, Suave Princess, giving the 3YO a double up of both Nijinsky and the massive speed influence, Vain.
Somewhat fittingly, the ‘Bomber’ reference obviously alludes to the horse’s brand – a replica of the Essendon logo … carried with pride by all the foals born and reared at Max and Judi Clarke’s Windy Hill property.
As for Bel Barrage, she clearly shows the fighting quality evident in many of her siblings: the widest runner and well back on the turn, she flew home to knock out the favourite and likely winner, to score drawing away.
This is Bel Esprit’s 10th individual 2YO winner for 2012-13, joining the likes of Clevadude, Architect, Diamond Glow, Iconic, Topaque and Zellindi that have all flown the flag for their sire this season.

Despite his high standing on the Australian sires’ charts for several years now, this is Bel Esprit’s best showing to date on the juvenile ladder, and is currently 6th nationally by winners.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Terrific to see Bel Esprit sprinter, Canna, back in the winners’ circle yesterday.
Steered perfectly by popular hoop, Eddie Cassar (who rode Testa Rossa for his first five wins), Canna flew home over 1200m at Bendigo for a solid victory.
Now trained and owned by Paul McKenna, Canna was originally raced by his breeders – the O’Brien family – and was named after racing paparazzi, Bruno Cannatelli (below).

With four wins under his girth strap, the equine Canna is now more used to appearing in front of the camera and he definitely has a longer mane than his namesake!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Another big win today for Magnus sprinter, Magnifisio, capturing the Handicap over 1200m at Belmont – her second win over the trip (having scored as a 2YO last July) and third city win overall.
Trained by leading mentor, Jim Taylor, after being snapped up for $80,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions, Magnifisio is out of the stakes winning Key Business mare, Ifestio, a sister to Group One winning sprinter Barakey.
Magnus winners in the past week include Magniloquent, Fight to the Line and another city winning filly in Maggie’s Pal.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Global powerhouse, Sun International Group, has made a memorable entrance to Australia’s thoroughbred sales market by purchasing the highest priced weanling at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
Working in closely with dual state operation, Eliza Park, Sun International Group snapped up eight weanlings over the two select sessions, highlighted by the Fastnet Rock colt from Sorority Girl for $290,000 (below).
Other buys included the $250,000 Exceed And Excel filly from Up State and the Commands colt from Terrenora ($210,000).
Sun International Group’s Ting Kong Cheng is excited about his company’s initial foray into the Australian industry and will decide over the coming months as to the future of their new purchases.

“Sun International is very excited about investing here in Australia and, in particular, partnering with such an established and reputable company like Eliza Park,” Mr Cheng said post sale. “It has been a very interesting sale so far and now we’re hoping to pick up some nice mares over the next couple of days.”


Wanted remains the toast of the coast with another of his weanlings bringing top dollar at the first session of the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale yearling.
The Wanted filly from Gold Lyric (below) was knocked down to Magic Millions NSW as agent for $165,000 – 12 months on from his first crop colt (ex. Regal Arena) snaring $255,000 in the same ring.

Wanted’s average of $77,500, thus far, sees him as second leading sire by average for three or more lots sold and he has three more youngsters up for grabs in today’s session.


Geez, if ever a horse was well named …!
In an absolute thriller, Magnus first starter, Fight To The Line, did exactly that last Friday over 1000m at Geelong, scoring by a nose after leading throughout.
Trained by Peter Moody (below), Fight To The Line was sent out a $1.90 favourite and while the connections might have had heart flutters close to the wire, the Magnus 3YO fought back strongly.
Bred and raced by John Krueger, Fight To The Line is out of the Snippets mare Delicate Snip.
Interestingly, Peter Moody had an 1800m Magnus winner two days prior with Magniloquent and has a very close association with the stallion he trained to Group One victory and over $1.3 million in stakes.
Indeed, he is the co-breeder of The Alfonso, a smart looking Magnus 2YO who won a Rosehill trial for Chris Waller yesterday after the leading Sydney trainer snapped up the colt at last year’s Magic Millions Horses in Training sale.

Leading Sire of 3YOs by winners to runners, Magnus maintains his lead at the head of the Australian Second Season Sires’ premiership by winners.