It's In The Blood

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

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