By The Numbers

The most in-demand stallions in the sales ring

In his final By The Numbers column, Bren O’Brien answers which Australian stallions have the highest percentage of their crops sell through the yearling ring? I have been fortunate to receive many requests from readers on potential topics for By The Numbers. Fortunate in a couple of respects. Firstly, to have an audience which is... Read More

Street Cry success continues to flow in Cox Plate 

The 2023 Cox Plate was yet another vindication of the influence of Street Cry in Australia’s greatest weight-for age race. After four victories as a sire and one as a grandsire, the title of Cox Plate-winning broodmare sire can now be bestowed on the remarkable Street Cry (Machiavellian) thanks to Romantic Warrior (Acclamation). The Irish-bred... Read More

Why three-year-olds add so much to the Cox Plate

The presence of a pair of three-year-olds in tomorrow’s Cox Plate has added a layer of intrigue to the weight-for-age race, and not for the first time. The modern incarnation of the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m), born that famous day in 1986 when four-year-olds Bonecrusher (Pag Asa) and Our Waverley Star (Star Way) went... Read More

Buying two-year-olds through Magic Millions

By The Numbers looks back through the stats that matter from the past decade of the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YO In Training Sale. Story: The breeze-up market in Australia is going through its most challenging period in over a decade, with demand slumping off the back of difficult times in Asian racing, as well... Read More

A Cup full of history for Teofilo

It wasn’t just Caulfield Cup history being created when Without A Fight and West Wind Blows led home a quinella for their sire Teofilo in Saturday’s race. For the first time this century, the progeny of one sire claimed the quinella of one of Australia’s great races, the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m), with the... Read More

The Caulfield Cup as a breed-shaper

As one of only two Group 1 2400-metre handicaps in Australia, the Caulfield Cup occupies an interesting place in the history of the country’s breeding and bloodstock industries.    As we often do in this column, let’s kick off with a quiz question. Who is the most recent Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner to then... Read More