It's In The Blood

Jungle Magnate

It’s well known how success in breeding hinges on family connections. And now some such linkages – of the human kind – have led over several decades to a new stakes winner, in Adelaide last weekend. Around 1980, then-emerging breeder David Hains looked north, way north, and imported the Danish Oaks winner Love Song (Warpath),... Read More

King’s Consort

You can say this much about the broodmare Peckish (Snitzel): she may be no oil painting and was excruciatingly slow, and she does have a shocking personality. Well, yes, but we can all wax sentimental about our horses now and again, especially the mares. Now, before you think we’ll pull that old gag about these... Read More


Verona’s black type breakthrough at Randwick last Saturday not only brought more endorsement for the eye of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, it showed New Zealand shuttle sire Belardo (Lope De Vega) may have breathed some overdue life into the breeding line of an all-time great mare. Maybe Mahal (Maybe Lad) was one... Read More


It’s been a very long time between drinks but a foal she had when she was 19 has brought the dam of Headway a second Group winner, 13 years after her first. A punt by the owners of Chatelaine on a little known Japanese sireline, mixed with an educated gamble by Arrowfield Stud that the... Read More

Another One

A handful of trainers can hit it with the big guys at the major yearling sales. Others have to operate in the margins, sniffing out a bargain at smaller auctions. And others, like the boys and girls from the bush, often have to try a third way. Riverina trainer Gary Colvin likes to take a... Read More


In the space of 80 minutes one day at Randwick a few years back, descendants of remarkable blue hen Denise’s Joy won three races in a row. That’s fairly astounding. But wait, there’s more. One of them was a Group 2. The next two were Group 1s. Jeez, Denise. No need to show off. That... Read More