It's In The Blood

Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Lots to watch

Here, in lot order, is a look at a delicious half dozen sure to whet palettes at next week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.   Lot 301 Bay colt: Wootton Bassett – Tiare by Flying Spur Foal date: October 27 Offered by Tasmania’s progressive Grenville Stud, this is the fifth and last foal of... Read More


The promising Michael Freedman-trained colt Highness (Snitzel) served notice of a regal future in jumping out of the ground late on to claim Wyong’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1100m) last week. And in so doing he revived memories of a close relative, his ‘uncle’ Dissident (Sebring), a stallion whose reputation may have dimmed somewhat... Read More

Sunset Dreaming

Since the best laid plans of mice and men can often go awry, it’s a good thing there’s also the afterthought. It’s been serving veteran Adelaide breeder Brenton Parker very well of late, with one stellar family in particular. The 75-year-old retiree sold a filly by Hellbent (I Am Invincible) to Eales Racing for $75,000... Read More

Baby Paris

As a boy in the dry, baking hot town of Kalgoorlie in the 1950s, Gary Bowen used to look forward to two days in particular. One was every Sunday. His family wasn’t particularly religious, or at all in fact. “My dad’s only religion was he’d go to the pub every Sunday,” says Bowen. But that... Read More


erth is a close-knit sort of place, where degrees of separation rarely reach as dizzyingly high as six, and it was on show in a tight 35-minute span through the two highlights of Ascot’s most prestigious meeting of the year on Saturday. Three-year-old Zipaway took the WA Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) and then Bustler claimed... Read More


Like an absorbing novel, or a long-running TV drama, the dynastic plotlines woven through the story of Saturday’s Spring Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) winner Genzano (Maurice) are as numerous as they are exquisite. She’s the first stakes-winner bred by brother and sister Alastair and Annie Fraser, of the Hunter Valley’s renowned St Aubins Stud line,... Read More