What age do stallions start their breeding careers?

The perception is that Australia’s best young colts more than ever are being rushed off to stud, but do the statistics bear this out? By The Numbers investigates. Of the 17 new Australian-bred additions to Australian stallion rosters in 2023, just four were beginning their breeding careers at four years of age. It’s a number... Read More

Asfoora out to cap unlikely rise in Moir Stakes

Daughter of Flying Artie a chance to land elusive Group 1 at Moonee Valley for owner-breeders Noor Elaine Farm If speed machine Asfoora (Flying Artie), the in-form mare vying for a breakthrough success at the highest level in tonight’s AJ Moir Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m), had been by Noor Elaine Stud’s then resident stallion Oamaru... Read More

Ng, Fownes, Bowman and Purton share Happy Valley spotlight with doubles

Keen to build on a strong debut season, Pierre Ng notched his first double of the 2023/24 campaign at Happy Valley yesterday as the young trainer outlined ambitions to hit fresh targets. Ng, 40, produced 41 wins from 511 starters last term and, with tonight’s brace through Medic Elite (Zacinto) and Happy Angel (Dark Angel),... Read More

Gold Bullion

A lot of precious metals come out of Western Australia, and a good deal of valuable horseflesh as well. And in a breeding sense, Sunday’s Victoria Derby trial shone a glowing light on a WA mare with a golden touch so strong she’s turning blue –  as in hen. Gold Bullion (Savabeel) won the Derby... Read More

‘She’s the best yearling our vet’s ever seen’

Boogie Dancer destined for date with Ole Kirk after Gilgai buys Group 2 winner for $560,000 The recommendation of Gilgai Farm’s veterinarian, and an A-grade pedigree match for dual Group 1-winning stallion Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon), made Group 2-winning mare Boogie Dancer (Sooboog) an irresistible proposition for Victorian breeder Rick Jamieson. A maiden cover with... Read More

International freshmen ready to make a mark

With the first two-year-old stakes races of the season to be contested at Randwick on Saturday, we look at the shuttle sires with their first Australasian runners this season and how their first-crop progeny have fared in the northern hemisphere. Darley’s Blue Point (Shamardal) is yet to have a runner on Australian soil, but the... Read More