Australia’s two-year-old obsession is a myth

Australia may be renowned as a racing culture obsessed with precocious horses but the statistics tell a very different story. The Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) sits at the centre of Australia’s love for two-year-old racing. From the moment that Todman (Star Kingdom) romped to an eight-length win in the first edition in 1957, it... Read More

Forbidden Love headlines explosive day on the Gold Coast at $4.1 million

Four mares break $3 million as the big players pay up for breeding prospects at the Magic Millions National Sale Three-time Group 1 winner Forbidden Love (All Too Hard) became the equal third most expensive mare ever sold in Australia when realising $4.1 million during what was an explosive $50 million opening session at the... Read More

World-leading sires represented as JRHA release Select catalogue

The Japan Racing Horse Association has unveiled a catalogue of 231 yearlings and 243 foals for the JRHA Select Sale in July, an event that includes progeny by the world’s leading sires.  The highlights of the opening section, dedicated to yearlings, include a Kitasan Black (Black Tide) colt out of Mother Goose Stakes (Gr 1,... Read More

Third for Ducimus

New winners Ducimus – The Trevor Andrews-trained Paris Calling (2 f ex My Fair Beauty by Trade Fair) became the third individual winner from six starters for Ducimus (Snitzel) when he scored by a neck in a 1200-metre two-year-old plate at Belmont Park. A $5,000 purchase from last year’s Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale,... Read More

Blended blood

The blending of New Zealand and Australian bloodlines has always been. Whether it is more common during more recent times could be debated but the number of Australian-breds catalogued here, in either the annual yearling or two-year-old sales, is increasing. Before long, it might mean very little that the latest stakes winner was bred in... Read More

Piping Hot start tipped to Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale

World’s bloodstock investors’ focus to be on the Gold Coast as star fillies and mares go under the hammer For more than seven hours today, the world’s thoroughbred breeding industry’s attention will be squarely on the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, a day which has the potential to break records.  The Gold Coast race fillies... Read More