Stud News

Leneva Park pitches to keep Royal Meeting

Connections mull the future of the sire of Blue Diamond contender Hayasugi Emerging Victorian sire Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit) could be acquired by rival studs but Leneva Park, his home for the past three seasons, is making a strong case to retain the European Group 1 winner on its select stallion roster for 2024. With... Read More

Swettenham’s Lofty ambition for new sire son of Snitzel

Highly talented sprinter Lofty Strike (Snitzel), who was narrowly denied in some of Melbourne’s signature Group 1s, will stand at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud in 2024. The Julius Sandhu-trained Group 2-winning two- and three-year-old – a son of Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m)-winning filly Overreach (Exceed And Excel) – will not race again after studmaster Adam... Read More

O’Reilly mare proving to be a bargain buy

Modest purchase Bella Carolina (O’Reilly) has proved herself to be an exceptional investment for Mapperley Stud principal Simms Davison. Her value has skyrocketed since she was secured for just $6,000 out of Little Avondale Stud’s draft at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Broodmare Sale with the bargain buy producing three stakes winners. “She was a... Read More

Williamson’s Playing God prophecy

Star Western Australian stallion delivers on Perth racing’s biggest day When Gray Williamson handed over the stud duties of Playing God (Blackfriars) to fellow Western Australian farm Darling View Thoroughbreds, he told Brent Atwell that the horse would set him up. In the almost four years since that conversation in the winter of 2020, Playing... Read More

Blue Point and Too Darn Hot handed northern hemisphere fee hikes

After break-out first seasons with their runners on the track in Europe, Darley shuttlers Blue Point (Shamardal) and Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) will stand for increased fees for the 2024 northern hemisphere breeding season.  Too Darn Hot, who is serving his fourth book of mares at Darley’s Kelvinside base, will stand for an increased fee... Read More

Widden Stud stallion Magnus euthanised

Magnus (Flying Spur), a horse that took connections to racetracks around the world, has been euthanized due to age-related issues, Widden Stud has announced. Magnus, who died at 21 years of age, scored as his most notable victory The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) at Warwick Farm in 2007, in which he was piloted by Damien... Read More