It's In The Blood


Some breeders rely heavily on type and, to varying extents, don’t pay too much mind to pedigrees. Highgrove Stud’s Ron Gilbert is the other way. It’s all about the two pedigrees involved, and which names bob up where, something he learned from another Queensland bushie. “Rob Atkinson was a big cattle breeder in north-west Queensland... Read More

Six of the best at the Inglis Classic sale

Here, in lot order, is a look at a handsome half dozen yearlings to be offered at the Inglis Classic sale from Sunday. Lot 261: Ole Kirk – Eye For Fun by Snitzel, colt  Vendor: Fairview Park Stud Offered by Fairview Park Stud, this superbly-built colt is a prime specimen from the first crop of... Read More


Veteran breeder Mike O’Donnell bought an unraced mare by Commands called China Road online in July 2017 and then found out she only had one ovary. Didn’t matter. He would have bought her anyway, had he known, and she only cost ten grand. O’Donnell of Fairhill Farm bought China Road because her two-year-old Dynastic (Love... Read More

Fully Lit

There have been a few false dawns along the way, but out of the some dark times the landscape for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s latest juvenile winner looks exactly as it sounds: Fully Lit. RedFox Thoroughbreds’ son of Hellbent (I Am Invincible) produced a sparkling debut to win by almost three lengths in Saturday’s... Read More

Too Darn Lizzie

It’s a wondrous thing, the people and the places racing and breeding can bring you into contact with. Rob Cummings, furniture importer and hobby farmer originally from Ringwood in eastern Melbourne, bought a mare and sold her daughter and now he’s one degree of separation from her buyer, Mr Phantom Of The Opera himself, Lord... Read More

Arabian Summer

An exquisite blending of pedigrees with stars from the old world and the new has been distilled into Arabian Summer (Too Darn Hot), imperious winner of last weekend’s Gold Pearl (1100m) and the stand-out contender among fillies for this week’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m). She also looks to potentially be one of the... Read More