Darley retires champion Palace Pier with eyes on shuttling south

Multiple Group 1 winner Palace Pier (Kingman) has been retired and will take up stud duties at Darley’s Dalham Hall base in Newmarket from 2022.  Following yesterday’s announcement, the operation’s director of stallions, Sam Bullard, revealed there is a strong possibility the son of Kingman (Invincible Spirit) could shuttle to Darley Australia in the future.   ... Read More

Cambridge Stud’s late stallion Tavistock to the fore on Geelong’s biggest day

Tralee Rose books Melbourne Cup start as Melody Belle’s half-brother Tutukaka displays his Derby credentials The loss of stallion Tavistock (Montjeu) as a source of talented middle-distance horses was once again accentuated at Geelong yesterday with the late Cambridge Stud sire producing a legitimate Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) contender in the form of Tralee... Read More

Wootton Bassett has the golden touch at Arqana’s October Yearling Sale

Coolmore’s shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) dominated proceedings on the opening day of the Arqana October Yearling Sale as he accounted for three lots who fetched in excess of €200,000 (approx. AU$312,200) from the first 50 through the ring. But that was just a taster of what was to come.  Anthony Stroud secured all three, with... Read More

Hong Kong’s young guns misfired but Panfield boosted his prospects

It was a case of more questions than answers after the Group 2 action at Sha Tin on Sunday. Lucky Patch’s (El Roca) win in the Premier Bowl Handicap (Gr 2, 1200m) seemed to scotch the notion that the sprint division’s elite echelon is on the cusp of reinvigoration, while the stamina-laden stallion prospect Panfield... Read More

Prebble’s amazing spring success doesn’t yet rival Johnson’s 1966 feast

The Memsie, Makybe Diva, Turnbull and Might And Power Stakes, plus the Caulfield Cup, has seen Brett Prebble accumulate a remarkable spring Group 1 tally, but it doesn’t yet rival the deeds of Jim Johnson in 1966. Johnson, who died in February this year at 92, also won the first four of Prebble’s quintet plus... Read More

Carricks’ Crystalised Group 1 vision reaping rewards after more than a decade in the making

Noorilim Park to take chances in Manikato Stakes with three-year-old filly Crystal Bound, a product of their $1.3 million mare Eleven years ago Noorilim Park’s Peter Carrick had a rush of blood at the Inglis Easter sale in Sydney. The Victorian businessman kept sticking up his hand as a Rich Hill Stud-offered filly by Zabeel... Read More