It's In The Blood

Gold Bullion

A lot of precious metals come out of Western Australia, and a good deal of valuable horseflesh as well. And in a breeding sense, Sunday’s Victoria Derby trial shone a glowing light on a WA mare with a golden touch so strong she’s turning blue –  as in hen. Gold Bullion (Savabeel) won the Derby... Read More


It’s a good thing David Moodie’s a Carlton fan. Friday night brought him a first AFL finals win in a decade through the once-mighty but now long-suffering Blues. It will have helped the veteran breeder through a particularly dark hour on Saturday. First, Steparty (Artie Schiller) won the McEnzie Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Moonee Valley... Read More

Tiz Invincible

Their path hasn’t exactly been uncomplicated, but there’s little doubt now Phoenix Thoroughbreds has bred a potential star to hang their hats on, after Tiz Invincible (I Am Invincible) made it two stakes wins on the bounce at Randwick on Saturday. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained filly showed potential in a pair of... Read More


He once was a colt whose roguish ways meant he could never be the favoured sibling. But since the call was made to help him do justice to his newly illustrious family by relieving him of a pair of assets, everyone’s just wild about “Harry”. He’s Fireburn’s (Rebel Dane) little half-brother, his real name is... Read More

St Lawrence

A handful of powerful names come into the background of burgeoning Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained gelding St Lawrence (Redwood) – some famous and some infamous. For starters, though you won’t find this in his pedigree, the rising five-year-old shares his name not just with one of the world’s mightiest rivers, but with another star... Read More

Knight’s Choice

Norm Bazeley is a 74-year-old farmer, boutique breeder, former trackwork rider and hobby trainer, and an amateur philosopher. One night a few years ago he was home on his 115-acre farm at Walcha when he received a phone call. “Have you got a mare named Midnight Pearl?” a woman asked. Bazeley confirmed she was one... Read More