Set to Foal

First foal of the season, the Written Tycoon x Obsidian Dragon filly foaled August 1.

First foal of the season, the Written Tycoon x Obsidian Dragon filly foaled August 1.

In the coming months it will be a busy time for the entire breeding industry with thousands of mares to foal as well as many to visit stallions around the country and Mill Park Stud is no different, with our mares set to foal down before heading off to be covered – hoping to produce the next Champion of the turf. 

With so many new and exciting stallions heading to Australia this season as well as the current proven ones, it is such a hard decision as to where to send them…

Some of the mares under our care due to foal are listed below. 

  • Dane Belltar, the dam of Group 1 winner Fawkner and Group 2 winner Tanby is in foal to More Than Ready, having produced a filly by Shooting To Win last season

  • Elegant Eagle (NZ), the dam of Group 1 winner Go Indy Go and Group 3 winner Essay Raider was covered by exciting New Zealand stallion Tavistock last season

  • Elusive Wonder, dam of juvenile stakes winner Modern Wonder is due to foal to this season’s soon to be crowned Champion Sire Snitzel

  • Hussy By Choice, the well related Hussonet mare will foal to Not A Single Doubt after producing an I Am Invincible filly at her first season last year

  • Molto Bene, the Group 3-winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Mourinho will foal to Hinchinbrook after producing a Redoute’s Choice colt last season

  • Pasadoble, a three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Diamond Earth, will foal to Written Tycoon

  • The Quick One, lightly raced daughter of Group 1 winner Il Quello Veloce, from the family of Group 1 winners Terravista, Tiger Tees and Super Easy, will foal to Horse of the Year Dissident in his first season at stud

While our plans are still being finalised, we aim to send mares to exciting new sires Astern, American Pharoah, Frosted, Mikki Isle, Extreme Choice and Capitalist while supporting many successful sires such as Snitzel, All Too Hard, Foxwedge, Not A Single Doubt, I Am Invincible, Rebel Raider and many more. 

Make sure you stay tuned on our website and social media platforms for any foaling news – exciting times ahead!

To view the complete August Newsletter, click HERE.

Track Talk

We’ve seen some great performances from Mill Park Stud bred, raised and or sold graduates over the last twelve months, plus we were also represented by our first Group 1 performer in South Africa!

Guard Of Honour, Gretna, Pretty Punk, Girl Sunday, Mall It In, It’s A Myth, Booker, Cappadocia, Waging War, All Too Huiying and Danish Twist to name but a few have kept up the outstanding farm tradition by performing exceptionally well on the track.

Special mention must go to the talented Dane Shadow mare Danish Twist (pictured above) who is a possibility to head to stud this season for her connections. In the last twelve months she has finished in the top five in five stakes races including a narrow third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens.

A stakes-winning half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner and Mill Park graduate Happy Trails, Danish Twist is a mare that any stud master would be proud to have on their farm.

Of the young brigade coming through, interestingly it is the half-brother to Happy Trails and Danish Twist in All Too Hard colt, All Too Huiying (pictured below as a yearling), who could prove an exciting three-year-old and one to watch. 

While still a maiden, the Gary Moore-trained colt was stakes placed on two occasions including a third behind Whispered Secret at Listed level with that winner going on to record a Group 1 third next time out.

The Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Booker (pictured below), a juvenile filly by Written Tycoon produced an exciting debut victory in May at Flemington before heading to Adelaide and finishing second in the Group 3 National Stakes, with fellow Mill Park Stud graduate It’s A Myth (Sepoy) taking third in the same race.

Morphettville Racecourse has always been a happy hunting ground for Mill Park Stud graduates and in the last 12 months two noteworthy stakes winners at the track were Listed Hill Smith Stakes winner Pretty Punk (pictured below), a daughter of Rebel Raider, who is in turn himself a dual Group 1-winning son of Reset, raised and sold by the farm.

Speaking of Reset, another stakes winner by the Darley-based sire that has been raised at the farm is Mail It In, a four-year-old who defeated war horse Extra Zero to win the Listed Birthday Cup by almost four lengths before a length fourth in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes.

An exciting experience for the team was to see Naafer, a colt by Lonhro that we sold at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to Shadwell Stud put in some great performances in South Africa for the Mike de Kock stable.

Second on his debut, the colt was too good at his second start before being thrown into the deep end at his third. Finishing second to stablemate and Champion Two-year-old contender Mustaaqeem in the Group 1 SA Nursery, Naafer (pictured below) went to contest another two stakes races before being turned out for a break, and he should come back as three-year-old to watch!

As we head into the new season in a few weeks it is always an exciting, as well as nervous time awaiting the new crop of two-year-old’s to step out on the track, so stay tuned!

To view the complete August Newsletter, click HERE.

Sale Season Success

With the completion of the 2016-2017 racing season and the commencement of the new breeding season on August 1, the Mill Park Stud team reflect on what a great season we’ve had not only with our graduates on the track, but how our yearlings have sold at the sales.

The sale season kicked off in January with Mill Park Stud heading to the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast with a draft of seven select yearlings.

Averaging $280,000 a piece, our top price was $500,000 paid for our first through the ring, Lot 38, the I Am Invincible x Furline filly (pictured below) that was purchased by Stonestreet, Peter Leidel, Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock.

Another yearling by I Am Invincible, this time out of You’re Discreet which sold as Lot 582, was knocked down for $350,000 to China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Winstar Farm.

A colt from the first crop of Darley’s Dawn Approach (Lot 483) made $240,000 to Astute Bloodstock, and until we sold another colt by the sire at Easter later in the year, the price paid was the top price for a yearling by the Group 1-winning son of New Approach.

Next stop for the team was the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where the six yearlings consigned all found homes.

Leading the way for the draft was Lot 110, a colt (pictured below) from the first crop of Epsom Derby winner Camelot out of the stakes placed Galileo mare Miss With Attitude. Knocked down for $280,000 to Heywood Bloodstock and Mayfair Speculators, the colt will head to the South African stable of Joey Ramsden.

Another who sold well was Lot 27, a filly from the first crop of dual Group 1 winner Zoustar. Out of the winning More Than Ready mare Lassie Mactavish, who has already produced the Group 1 performer Platinum Balos, the filly was secured by Kavanagh Racing for $165,000.

With what seemed like back to back sales, we took a large draft to the Adelaide Magic Millions with Lindsay Park going to $110,000 to take home Lot 298, our Choisir colt who is out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Zip Zip Aray.

Group 1 Golden Slipper trainer Gary Portelli purchased the Not A Single Doubt x Melania filly (pictured below) for $100,000, while another to make the same figure in the ring was Lot 198, the flashy looking Mossman x Moreau colt secured by John Richardson.

Rewarded for our great draft, Mill Park Stud ended the sale as the Leading Vendor by averages – a great result for all the team.

Our final sale of the year was the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where we presented a small but select draft of five. Averaging $400,000 Shadwell Stud secured the top lot from our draft, the Snitzel x Dance On Waves colt (Lot 96) for $600,000.  

Likely to stay in Australia and go to the stable of Lindsay Park, the well-bred colt (pictured below) has stallion appeal, being by the Champion Sire of the current season, out of Group 2-winning mare who is herself a half-sister to the four-time Group 1 winner Preferment.

Great judges Darren Weir and John Foote Bloodstock parted with $360,000 for Lot 5, our Dawn Approach x Very Discreet colt, giving Mill Park Stud the highest selling two yearlings sold this season by the Darley-based stallion at $240,000 and $360,000.

All in all, at the four yearling sales we attended this year, the farm offered 31 yearlings and recorded 100% clearance – it was a job well done by all of the Mill Park Stud staff as well as a huge congratulations to the buyers who supported us – we look forward to tracking these yearlings as they head to their racetrack careers.

A complete list of our results can be viewed HERE.

To view the complete August Newsletter, click HERE.

Sasso Corbaro becomes 11th winner for All Too Hard

The China Horse Club colours were carried to victory at Newcastle on Thursday by promising filly Sasso Corbaro, a $290,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Mill Park draft.

The Kris Lees trained filly bumped into smart types Manicure and Tennessee Tango when finishing second at her first two runs at Canterbury, so was sent out a hot favourite to break the ice in this 1150 metre juvenile maiden.

She did everything right for Corey Brown and surged clear to win by a length.

"She got the job done and has probably come to the end of her preparation," said Kris Lees.

"She can go out now and come back a really nice three year-old. She's eligible for the Magic Millions race day, so we might look that way with her in the summer if she's up to that."

Bred by Mill Park and partners, Sasso Corbaro is a half-sister to Group III placed Smart Manouevre from stakes-placed Furline, a daughter of Group II winner Umaline.

Mill Park sold the current yearling from Furline, a filly by I Am Invincible, for $500,000 at Magic Millions this year and she has a weanling colt to follow by Foxwedge.

Sasso Corbaro is the 11th first crop winner for Vinery Stud's All Too Hard, who will stand this spring at a fee of $44,000.

Can This Girl Overcome Horrow Draw?

Talented race mare Girl Sunday, a graduate of Mill Park Stud, must have offended the racing gods if her luck in barrier draws is any indication.

Girl Sunday is entered for tomorrow's $150,000 Civic Stakes, a listed race over 1350 metres at Rosehill, but has come up with barrier 12 out of 13.

Last week she was scratched from Doomben after drawing wide and her last two race starts have been from barriers 10 and 15.

In spite of her wide draws, Girl Sunday has raced extremely well this preparation and has been fourth and fifth at her latest outings.

"She is going along nicely this time in, but once again the wide draw is going to be her greatest challenge to overcome," said trainer Gerald Ryan.

"I'm happy enough with how she is going and on her Sydney form last preparation then is capable of winning this race. It doesn't seem to be a hot tempo race so hopefully she can get over from the wide draw and either lead or sit outside the leader.

"Her form at Rosehill is great and over the 1350 metres on the track she's had three starts for two wins and a third so this looks a great opportunity for her to earn black type," said Gerald Ryan.

Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said success in these listed races were vitally important for fillies and mares.

"Girl Sunday is a daughter of a champion stallion in Encosta De Lago and her third dam Furama Nights was a Group 3 winner so there's a nice pedigree page behind her. As a multiple Sydney winner, she will have great residual value if she can add some black type performances to the CV.

"The good thing about tomorrow's races is that there isn't a lot of pace so apprentice James Innes should be able to work over from that wide draw.

"Even though there's no apprentice allowance in this race we were happy to keep James on board because he has ridden her well and he is riding in fantastic form," said Grant Morgan.

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Two Winners for Choice of Colours

Mill Park graduates Red Raider and Beluga Blue both saluted at Morphettville on Saturday providing a winning double for their dam Choice of Colours.

Prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, stakes-winning Lookin at Lucky (USA) mare Beluga Blue was favourite for the 1550 metre Benchmark 90 event and coasted home an easy winner making up for her unlucky last start fourth in the Group III SAJC RA Lee Stakes.

Beluga Blue has won five of 22 starts earning over $270,000 in prizemoney.

Consigned for sale by Mill Park at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Beluga Blue made $100,000 to the bid of Leon Macdonald and runs for a syndicate of owners that includes Mill Park Stud.

Earlier in the day her two year-old half-brother Red Raider scored by a head over 1300 metres at his third start.

By dual Derby winner Rebel Raider, Red Raider is also trained by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.

By Redoute’s Choice from the family of current season Group I winner Montoya’s Secret, Choice of Colours has produced four winners from four to race and is due to foal to More Than Ready (USA) this spring.

Fifth Win for Galaxy Gazer

Cherry ripe at his third run back from a spell at Morphettville on Saturday was handy four year-old Galaxy Gazer, a $38,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase from the Mill Park draft.

Trained by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, Galaxy Gazer scored a half-length win over 1250 metres taking his overall record to five wins and five placings from 22 starts with prizemoney topping $95,000.

Bred by Harry Perks, Galaxy Gazer is by Astronomer Royal (USA) and is the first winner for Galileo (IRE) mare Livia, who comes from the family of stakes-winners Chattanooga, Tindal and Real Stolle.

Livia has a yearling colt by Rebel Raider, a weanling colt by Declaration of War (USA) and was covered last year by Hallowed Crown.
 

Macdonald Seeks Redemption For Waging War

Co-trainer Leon Macdonald is hoping to put the disappointment of Waging War (Rebel Raider) being scratched at the barriers before the South Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) behind him when the three-year-old lines up in today’s Port Adelaide Cup (Listed, 2500m).

Waging War, who has won his past three starts including the SAJC Chairman’s Stakes (Gr 3, 2030m) on 29 April, is one of the leading contenders for Macdonald and his training partner Andrew Gluyas at Morphettville today.

The co-trainers will also saddle Royal Rumble (New Approach) in the R A Lee Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m), who has also won his past three starts, Pretty Punk (Rebel Raider) in the SA Fillies Classic (Gr 3, 2500m) and Gogo Grace (New Approach) in the Proud Miss Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m).

Macdonald told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that the long delay prior to the South Australian Derby led to Waging War playing up and scratched at the barriers.

“He was scratched at the barriers after standing in there for nearly ten minutes. He just had a bit of blood in his mouth and the vet wouldn’t let him run,” Macdonald said.

“This race wasn’t on the agenda for him but seeing him the past week and we want to see if he will run a trip. I am fairly sure he will and he is going to get better as he gets older.

“Next spring who knows where he will end up. He might take the next step and he has already taken a step from a couple of country wins to a Group Three race.”

To be ridden by regular jockey Clare Lindop from barrier 12, Waging War is likely to settle back in the field early from the wide draw.

Macdonald said Waging War, who is by his former Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Rebel Raider (Reset), had always shown talent.

“He’s shown us a bit and we took him to the country (at Strathalbyn on 5 April) to win a mile race and then he went to Murray Bridge (over 2206 metres) against olders to see if he would stay because he is by Rebel Raider out of a Galileo mare,” he said.

“It wasn’t a very strong race, but he won pretty well by three lengths and went on to win the Chairman’s Stakes at his next start.

“There were a few hard luck stories in that race, but he went to the front before the turn and won, so I don’t think there were too many excuses (for his rivals).”

Waging War is rated a $10 chance with CrownBet behind the $2 favourite, the Darren Weir-trained High Church (High Chaparral), who won the Warrnambool Cup (Listed, 2350m) last start, and the Tony McEvoy-trained Time To Test (Testa Rossa) ($4.40)

Meanwhile, Macdonald said Royal Rumble ($9) deserved his chance in the R A Lee Stakes after winning his past three starts at Morphettville.

A four-year-old gelding, Royal Rumble takes on the Weir-trained Burning Front (Primus), who is the $2 favourite after winning the VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on 22 April, Victoria Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Hooked (Casino Prince) ($3.40) and last start Caulfield winner Rhythm To Spare (Pins) ($5.50).

“He has won his last three and is obviously going very well, but it is a good class race and while he is not badly in on the weight scale, neither is Burning Front,” the Morphettville-based trainer said.

“He is always a chance as he is a very honest horse. From barrier seven he’ll go back as he always goes back.”

Hill Smith Stakes (Listed, 1800m) winner Pretty Punk has raced below Macdonald’s expectations this campaign, but the trainer is hopeful the step up to 2500 metres will see the three-year-old in contention in the SA Fillies Classic.

As well as her Listed victory, Pretty Punk also ran third in the Geelong Classic (Listed, 2200m) last October and was fourth in the Laelia Stakes (Listed, 1600m) at Morphettville on 8 April, a race won by the Weir-trained Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt) three starts ago.

On Wednesday, Pretty Punk drew barrier 18 in the field of 16 plus three emergencies, with the the Robbie Griffiths-trained So Distinct (So You Think) having already been scratched from the Group Three race.

“She hasn’t had a lot of luck in her races this time in. Once again she has no luck where she is drawn. It would be fair to say she has been a bit disappointing this preparation,” he said.

“She ran third in a Geelong Classic over 2200 metres and then ran fifth in the Wakeful over 2000 metres, so I think she will run the trip. Her worst run was in the Australiasian Oaks, but that was a hot race and I don’t think this race is of that quality.”

In the last race Macdonald and Gluyas have Gogo Grace in the Proud Miss Stakes for fillies and mares and will be ridden by Lindop from barrier 15 with three scratchings already confirmed yesterday.

Gogo Grace won a Benchmark 70 over 1100 metres against her own sex at Morphettville first up on 4 March and came from last to run fifth over 1050 metres last Saturday at the Adelaide racecourse.

Macdonald said the three-year-old appeared outclassed but connections were hoping to add value to her as a broodmare with a strong stakes race performance.

“It is a very strong race I thought and from her wide barrier she will have her work cut out,” he said.

“We are just trying to get a bit of black type with her. Her first up win was solid and her last start was pretty good as she came from three lengths last on the home turn to finish it off well (to run fifth) over 1050 metres.”

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Mill Park Weekend Success

Horses raised and or sold by Mill Park were in hot form over the weekend with stylish victories for Booker and Royal Rumble, while stakes placings went the way of It’s a Myth, Reldas and classy two year-old Naafer, who was second in the Group I SA Nursery in South Africa.

A $230,000 Inglis Premier purchase, two year-old Written Tycoon filly Booker (pictured below) as an impressive debut winner at Flemington, while Harry Perks homebred Royal Rumble (New Approach (IRE) posted his third successive win for Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas taking his earnings past $454,000.

Seasoned sprinter Reldas (Testa Rossa) was second in the Group III SAJC DJ McKay Stakes for the Robert Smerdon stable. An $82,000 Inglis Premier purchase for Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from the Mill Park draft, six year-old Reldas has won over $411,000 in prizemoney.

Two year-old filly It’s a Myth (Sepoy) gained Black Type with a close second in the Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes and with three seconds from four starts, the Phillip Stokes trained filly is well overdue for a win!

A $90,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Mill Park draft for her trainer, she runs for Mill Park, who co-bred her and Mills Breeding. She is the first foal of The Good Wife, a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to four-time Group I winner and $2million earner Divine Madonna.

Expensive Lonhro colt Naafer (pictured below)made his mark when winning on debut at Vaal in South Africa last month for the powerful Mike de Kock stable.

He followed up with a gallant second in the Group I SA Nursery at Turffontein on Saturday chasing home his stablemate Mustaaqeem.

Naafer was a $560,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Shadwell from the Mill Park draft and is the second winner for stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Very Discreet.

Bred by well-known South Australian breeder David Peacock, he comes from the famed ‘Discreet’ family that has produced numerous Black Type winners including the Group I winner Maybe Discreet.

Future Star for Written Tycoon

With his established stars Capitalist and Winning Rupert off to stud this spring, Written Tycoon is looking for new talent for the season ahead and produced a likely candidate at Flemington on Saturday in Booker, a $230,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Mill Park draft.

The two year-old filly opened her account with a stylish victory on debut confirming the high opinion in which she is held by her trainers Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

"She's probably our best two-year-old," said Simon Zahra, after Booker led all the way to take the 1100 metre contest by a length.

"We thought her jumpout last Monday as terrific and we didn't hide the fact we think she's got a fair bit of ability.

"There were a lot of first starters in the race with wraps on them so ours had to go and do it race day."

Booker is the first foal of Flying Spur mare Noondie, a three-quarter sister to stakes-winner Tranqillity and daughter of stakes-winner Creatrix.

"We had her ready to go at Blue Diamond time, rushed her name through and then she went shin sore," Zahra said.

"She's come back extremely well, she's done that off one jumpout so we were a little bit worried about her condition but she's a real professional.

"She came off the bridle a bit early and Andrew (Mallyon) put one around her tail at the 400(metres) and I thought we might be in a bit of trouble but she kicked and did it all on her own so it was a terrific effort."

Zahra said he feels Booker is up to contesting better races next preparation.

"We'll see how she pulls up, there are races in Adelaide but the spring comes around quickly and she'll benefit from a spell so well let the dust settle and go from there," Zahra said.

"It would be nice to get some stakes form into her and I think she'll get over a bit further too, so it's a bit of a juggling act."