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When you see on social media after the victory of one of your sale graduates that respected industry participant David Raphael has commented, “Always nice to get a winner... this is a pretty promising one though. He had taken his 3rd or 4th step from the box and I knew I would be buying him.... funny how you just find a horse you like and they can always runs!” – you cross your fingers that he’s right!

The name of the exciting colt (who can run by the way) is Pipeline, an imposing son of Arrowfield Stud’s Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice out of the Group 2-winning Anabaa mare Dances On Waves.  

Purchased by David Raphael’s Stallion Racing and Damian Flower’s Jadesky Racing for $575,000 at the Magic Millions yearling sale, the colt (pictured right as a yearling) has shown promise from day one.

A winner on his debut in July this year, the colt then recorded two third placed performances before being sent out for a spell. Barrier trialling in November where he finished fourth to the unbeaten Winning Rupert, Pipeline recorded an impressive three-quarter length victory first up this campaign.

Ridden by Tim Clark, Pipeline defeated a smart field of three-year-olds for trainer Gerald Ryan.

“We've always had a really good opinion of him," stable foreman Blake Ryan stated post race. "We thought he was genuine stakes grade from day one.

"We were fairly confident coming here today he'd run well. Second-up and maybe a touch further he'd beat them but he's come back really well and Timmy rode him a treat.

"He's on his way to the Magic Millions. Big cherries up there on offer so on the way he goes."

Winning jockey Tim Clark was also impressed with Pipeline.

"He's a nice colt," Clark said. "He's come back a better horse. Got a great attitude.

"We think he might be a better horse once he gets over 1400m or a mile so it's a good way to start his prep off.

"The Gold Coast is on his radar and on the back of that performance you'd think he'd be somewhere around the mark."

Bred by Mill Park and Mills Thoroughbred Breeding, Pipeline is the second foal and second winner for Dances On Waves whose current two-year-old Superbank (Street Cry) also sold by Mill Park, is in the care of Chris Waller, while her Snitzel yearling will head to the Inglis Easter yearling sale.

While Pipeline’s program is not completely set in concrete as yet, it is likely that the colt will head to the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) on January 14 at the Gold Coast, with connections adamant that he will be at his best over 1400m to 1600m.



guard Adds black type to easter bound sister

Everyone loves a chestnut, and the Mill Park raised and Magic Millions sold Guard Of Honour is another headline act!

After two impressive trial performances during his juvenile season, Northern Meteor colt Guard Of Honour made his debut in Group 2 company, and not appearing comfortable on the heavy 8 track conditions, the colt was spelled after the performance.

With another two trial wins under his belt, the Kris Lees-trained colt won on his seasonal return, winning by a length and a quarter at Warwick Farm in June.

Highlighting his class, Lees backed off on the colt and gave him another trial before his first stakes contest in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Royal Randwick, a race won in the past by Kingston Town, Octagonal, General Nediym, Lonhro, Hasna, Stryker and Counterattack.

From barrier 1, jockey Hugh Bowman allowed the colt to work his way forward to settle in third position behind favourite Tango Rain and the Team Hawkes-trained Legerity.

Rounding the bend, Bowman urged Guard Of Honour off the rail where he was coasting, just waiting for the right time to pounce.

Pushing the button, Guard Of Honour charged past the leading duo, and held off the late charge of Flash Fibian, becoming the first stakes winner from the fourth and final crop of Northern Meteor.

Purchased by Scone Bloodstock for $300,000, the impressive looking colt races for Ron and Judy Wanless and after a fourth at his next start behind Spright, the colt was sent for a spell.

His final start of the campaign should prove a great form race with the winner travelling to Melbourne where she was successful at Group 3 level, while the fifth placed Souchez also headed down for the carnival where successful at stakes level.

Guard Of Honour is the second foal out of the General Nediym mare Victory Cry, herself a sister to Victory Chant and a half-sister to Reldas, both Listed winners raised and sold by Mill Park.

Classic Status, the dam of Victory Cry is a half-sister to the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas Serious Speed. Victory Cry has a two-year-old colt by Sebring and a yearling Foxwedge filly that will be offered at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in early April.

Victory Cry visited Northern Meteor's Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winning son Shooting To Win last spring, foaling a colt this October and has been booked to visit Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon, the sire of Champion Two-year-old and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.


The retirement of triple Group 1 winner 'roy'

A stalwart of the racing scene for many years, the Mill Park raised and Magic Millions sold Happy Trails has been retired after this year’s Spring carnival.

Bred by Brenton and Liz Parker and sold for just $11,000 to his trainer Paul Beshara at the Adelaide sale, Happy Trails, or ‘Roy” as he is affectionately known, amassed connections over $3.2 million in earnings highlighted by seven career victories – three at Group 1 level.

Making his debut on May 26, 2010 when third over 1006m at Morphettville, it was as a five-year-old that the son of Good Journey really blossomed and the racing fraternity started to take notice.

Winning the Group 3 Spring Stakes at his first run of the Spring campaign in 2012, Happy Trails went on to defeat Green Moon in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes, finish fifth to that same galloper in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, before two starts later staging an epic battle with fellow Mill Park graduate Fawkner in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington – with Roy coming out on top, ever so narrowly.

Backing up season after season, Happy Trails contested five Group 1 WS Cox Plates, recording a narrow second to three-year-old Shamus Award in 2013, while his other Group 1 winning performances were a win in the Turnbull Stakes defeating Puissance De Lune in 2013 (footage below) and a victory over He’s Your Man in the 2014 Mackinnon Stakes.

Retiring with an impressive 65 starts under his belt, Happy Trail’s initial grounding at Mill Park is a testament to the undulating limestone based country at the farm where the horses are reared as well as the individual feeding regimes tailored to the individual needs of each horse, allowing their performance to speak volumes in terms of results.




sebring x madame flurry colt

A half-brother to the recently retired three-time Group 1 winner Happy Trails, the colt is by Widden Stud’s Group 1 Golden Slipper winner and Group 1 producer Sebring. Like his half-brother, the current two-year-old out of the mare was sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions – named All Too Huiying (All Too Hard), the colt was purchased by Gary Moore.

I Am Invincible x elusive wonder filly

Out of the stakes placed Elusive Quality mare Elusive Wonder, this filly is an I Am Invincible half-sister to Listed Dequetteville Stakes winner Modern Wonder. The current two-year-old out of the mare, a filly by Snitzel was sold to China Horse Club at this year’s Magic Millions for $420,000 and races as Grasslands.

helmet x buckle my shoe filly

From the third crop of Darley’s multiple Group 1-winning and now Group 1 producer Helmet, a son of Champion Sire Exceed And Excel, the filly is out of the Group 2 winning Rory’s Jester mare Buckle My Shoe. Buckle My Shoe is the dam of four to the races for three winners including this season’s Listed Morphettville Guineas placegetter Ace Attack.