It's In The Blood

Johnny Rocker

And now for Snitzel’s next trick: siring sires. In 2016, the year which began the great son of Redoute’s Choice’s (Danehill) four straight general sires’ titles, he also debuted as a sire of a stallion in the first season table. It was a humble start, with Salade ending the 2015-16 season in 31st spot, after... Read More

Blue-blooded winners galore

Several planets aligned to push a rare array of thoroughbred blue blood to the winning post in a number of major races last weekend, in a vote of confidence to those adages about putting the best to the best. There were too many to limit a review to just one, but a fair place to... Read More

Sheeza Belter

They do things big in Western Australia. A few years ago, south coast boutique breeder Craig Thompson bought a boat and named it after his wife – Rosemary. That sounds very lovely, but it’s the kind of boat – not that he’d want to try this – that wouldn’t fit into the MCG. Thompson, the... Read More

Extremely Lucky

Luck is extremely important quite often in the making of a thoroughbred, and veteran South Australian hobby breeder Brenton Parker has had his share of both kinds. In 2002, he and wife Liz bought a rising two-year-old out of a paddock who became Madame Flurry (Perugino). She wasn’t up to much on the track, winning... Read More

Swiss Exile

Gerry Harvey’s been at the breeding game for a good few decades now, but still talks about it like a kid who discovered it last week. Every sentence ends with an exclamation mark. They rise in tone as if to end in astonishment and wonder. He speaks with a boyish enthusiasm, which probably explains why... Read More

Silent Sovereign

Emotions ran high, amid remembrances of people and horses past, when Silent Sovereign (Dalakhani) stormed home to take Saturday’s Queen Of The South Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Morphettville. And they’ll run even higher if she can win the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) this spring. The five-year-old mare owes her existence to a giant... Read More