It's In The Blood

Mariamia

A low-priced mare put to a cheap, untried foreign stallion to yield an inexpensive yearling, has not only led to a Group 2 winner – and a broodmare buying coup for Newhaven Park – but also brought some pedigree intricacy to warm the breeding purist’s heart. Mariamia (Toronado) was purchased by Newhaven when moved on... Read More

Karaka – Six Of The Best

Here, in lot order, is a look at some of the hot lots at this year’s Karaka Yearling Sale. Lot 40 B f – Dundeel – Ardeche The Eight Carat (Pieces Of Eight) family is one of New Zealand’s most famous, with – at last count – at least 35 stakes-winners and 89 stakes wins... Read More

Veecee

Danny Swain and Scott Cameron were due a change of luck. The small-time co-breeders – Swain from the Glenelg Park farm near Euroa and Cameron a hardware store owner in Bateman’s Bay and Moruya – had bred a number of horses, but had absorbed more adversity than success. They were fans of Capitalist (Written Tycoon),... Read More

Infatuation

Thirty million dollars for a horse? Thirty–five million? And not even the whole horse? And he can’t even race anymore! You can see how the rejection of two such offers might have drawn gasps from the non-cognoscenti. Indeed, the day the news was splashed across the front of The Australian, heavyweight radio announcer Ray Hadley... Read More

Six Of The Best

In no particular order, here’s a look at a super six likely head-turners at next week’s Magic Millions sale.   Lot 399 B f, Zoustar-Solar Charged Her sister, Sunlight, won three Group 1s and fetched $4.2 million as a broodmare. Her brother topped last year’s Inglis Easter sale at $3 million. Strap yourselves in for... Read More

End Assembly

There are accidental heroes and there are heroic tales full of accidents. End Assembly (Outreach) is a bit of both. The three-year-old gelding won in Listed class at Eagle Farm on Saturday in the Gold Edition Plate (1200m), staying unbeaten after gaping wins in his first two starts in Toowoomba for trainer Mark “Boof” Currie.... Read More