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2015 Inglis Easter Preview Now Online

The 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Preview magazine, featuring thoroughbred industry articles and a sample of the pedigrees to be showcased at next year’s sale, is now interactive and available online at inglis.com.au

Click 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Preview to view the preview

Australia’s most distinguished yearling auction is set to be conducted on 7, 8 and 9 April next year, nestled between the two major racedays of The Championships just around the corner at Royal Randwick.

"Inglis Easter is world renowned and a tremendous testament to the high-class breeders we have in Australasia. Matching the region’s best pedigrees with their impeccable conformation sets Easter apart, as does the exceptional racetrack results of our graduates,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

"Easter has a tremendous record as the place to source the best yearlings by proven sires and the progeny of young sires. Horses deemed good enough to be selected for the prestigious catalogue shine on the racetrack. 28% of Fastnet Rock’s first crop was offered at Easter, yet they accounted for 89% of his Australian stakes winners and 75% of his international black type winners,” Webster points out.

Inglis’ experienced and independent bloodstock team assessed over 4,500 yearling pedigrees entered for the 2015 Inglis Select Yearling Sales then have physically inspected each and every entry. The cream of the crop is set to be offered at Easter, as it has been for decades.

Easter accounts for approximately 10% of yearlings offered in Australian sales each year, yet is the leading source of Golden Slipper winning two-year-olds, Champion three-year-olds and International weight for age stars.

$85,000 Easter Session II buy Mossfun became the 18th Inglis Easter graduate to win the Golden Slipper when she saluted for Hawkes Racing and Emirates Park in April. The daughter of Mossman joins the illustrious honour roll of Easter Golden Slipper winners such as Magic Night, Eskimo Prince, Luskin Star, Marscay, Rory’s Jester, Flying Spur, Merlene, Miss Finland and Forensics.

Easter is the dominant force in a horse’s Classic year, with 34 three-year-old Group 1 race victories in the last ten years. Easter is also the only sale to have sold an Australian Group 1 weight-for-age winning three-year-old in each of the last three seasons; Foxwegde, All Too Hard and Shamus Award.

New Zealand’s current champion sprinter Bounding is a graduate of Easter, as are Amber Sky and Sterling City which claimed the Dubai Group 1 sprint double of the Al Quoz Sprint and Golden Shaheen earlier this year. Fellow Hong Kong trained Easter graduate Able Friend has raced into favouritism to add his name to the growing list of international weight-for-age stars as the top pick for next month’s Hong Kong Mile, Gr.1.

Stallion and mare strength is again set to be a highlight of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket.

The progeny of 217 stakes winning mares including 47 Group 1 winners are introduced in the Easter Preview. They include the first foals of Irish Lights, Ofcourseican, Anabandana, Sacred Choice, Miss Match, Scarlett Lady and Dariana.

155 siblings to stakes winners, including 44 Group 1 winners, are highlighted in the back section of the interactive magazine. These include half or full relations to Inglis graduates Peggy Jean, Diamond Drille, Fiveandahalfstar, Manawanui, Rock Classic, Mosheen, Inspiration, Yosei, Samantha Miss, Faint Perfume, Headway, Weekend Hussler, Hampton Court, Alboran Sea, Bounding and Cosmic Endeavour.

All of Australia’s leading sires and many top stallions from the Northern Hemisphere are set to be heavily represented at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale including Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice, Sebring, More Than Ready, Northern Meteor, Street Cry, Exceed And Excel, Commands, High Chaparral, Stratum and Lonhro.

Inglis are particularly excited about the outstanding crop of first season sires well represented in the 2015 Easter Preview. So You Think, Foxwedge, Smart Missile, Sepoy, Dream Ahead, Helmet, Gio Ponti, Cape Blanco, Poet’s Voice, Jimmy Choux, Pour Moi, Toorak Toff and Uncle Mo all have outstanding credentials to leave top class gallopers on the racetracks of the world.

More yearlings by first season sires have been accepted into 2015 Inglis Easter than any Easter Sale since 2008, which included subsequent top stallions Fastnet Rock, Al Maher, Charge Forward, Not A Single Doubt, Savabeel, High Chaparral and Shamardal.

Mossfun stars on the front of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Preview and the welcome is provided by Inglis’ Chairman John Coates AC who writes "At Inglis we are committed to providing our clients with the best opportunity to succeed at the highest level. Much goes into realising a champion, but it is thanks to the expertise of the finest breeders in the southern hemisphere that Shakespeare’s axiom has stood the test of time: some are most certainly born great!”

Able Friend Cruises to Mile Victory in Hong Kong

Inglis Easter graduate Able Friend cruised into favouritism for the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile in December with a dashing victory in the feature lead up today, the Group 2 Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin.

Joao ‘Magic’ Moreira had the strapping chestnut in sixth position one off the fence on settling today. Able Friend showed his amazing turn of foot at the 300m mark to cruise away to a two length win over international Group 1 winners Gold-Fun and Ambitious Dragon.

"I can tell you, he is the best horse I have ridden,” Moreira told members of the media after the stunning victory. Trainer John Moore added that Able Friend needed today’s race to have him at peak fitness for next month, an ominous sign for the competition.

Dubbed ‘Big Red’ by racecaller Darren Flindell, Able Friend is now a pronounced favourite for the HK$23,000,000 Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at the Hong Kong International Raceday on Sunday 14 December 2014.

Able Friend (Shamardal x Ponte Piccolo) was bred by Stuart Ramsey and sold from his Turangga Farm draft to Hong Kong agent George Moore for $550,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The most expensive son of Shamardal to be sold in Australia, Able Friend is trained in Hong Kong by champion trainer John Moore. Today’s win takes Able Friend’s earnings past HK$17,000,000 (=A$2,500,000) thanks to six wins and three placings from 11 starts at Sha Tin.

Able Friend is raced by Dr & Mrs Cornel Li Fook Kwan, who combined with John Moore to win the Hong Kong Mile in 2011 with Able One.

Able Friend is the third foal of Listed Keith Nolan Stakes winner Ponte Piccolo. Her sixth foal, a filly by Manhattan Rain, is set to be offered from Fairview Park Stud’s draft at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Inglis Easter next year will be held on 7, 8 and 9 April 2015, between the two major racedays that make up The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney.

Write Your Story At Inglis Classic In February

New stories are set to be written at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, which has been widely embraced by vendors leading to a superior catalogue and extra day added to the Summer Book on 8, 9 and 10 February next year in Sydney.

"We were simply inundated with over 1,400 entries for the Classic Summer Book and after a rigorous selection process, physically inspecting every yearling we are thrilled to catalogue 574 quality lots,” said Jonathan D’Arcy, Inglis National Bloodstock Director.

CLICK HERE to view the 574 lots Inglis Classic Summer Book or download it now via the Inglis Sales iPad App.

As Australia’s most accessible sale Inglis Classic has earned a formidable reputation as the source of the tough, precocious sprinter milers that Australian breeders are world renown for. Many great racetrack success stories have their origins at Inglis Classic, such as 2014 juvenile Group winners Peggy Jean, Believe Yourself and Brazen Beau.

Offered by Murrulla Stud as Lot 3, Brazen Beau was the first of 23 yearlings from the first crop of Inglis Classic graduate I Am Invincible to be offered at the 2013 Summer Book. The attractive colt was purchased by OnTrack Thoroughbreds for $70,000, which is just 10% of the colt’s racetrack earnings this year and a much smaller fraction of his stud value as a Group 2 winning two-year-old and recent victor of the stallion-making Group 1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington under the guise of champion trainer Chris Waller.

Believe Yourself was the most expensive filly at the 2013 Inglis Classic when snapped up by owner Tomohiro Sekiguchi for $140,000 from Turangga Farm’s draft. The daughter of Golden Slipper winner Sebring had ‘top juvenile’ written all over her and under Gerald Ryan she duly delivered earlier this year, winning the Group 2 ATC Sweet Embrace Stakes on her way into the Golden Slipper where she finished an outstanding fourth behind Mossfun.

Peggy Jean’s story for Triple Crown Syndication also began at Inglis Classic where the filly was purchased from Torryburn Stud for $45,000. Trained by Gerald Ryan the Myboycharlie filly won the $250,000 RL Inglis Classic in January before her way to Group 1 glory in the ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes during The Championships. With $900,000 in earnings the story of Peggy Jean is full of highlights already for her syndicator, owners and trainer.

Buyers can begin another 574 stories with the yearlings selected for the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book in February. Brazen Beau’s sire I Am Invincible is represented with 25 yearlings in catalogue. There are six yearlings by Believe Yourself’s sire Sebring and 21 yearlings by Peggy Jean’s sire Myboycharlie.

Widden Stud’s exciting young sire Star Witness leads the Inglis Classic by representation with 27 lots. Other proven and exciting young sires with runners on the racetrack include Magic Albert (22), Snippetson (22), Hinchinbrook (17), Artie Schiller (13), Choisir (13), Congrats (12), Duporth (12), Manhattan Rain (10), Not A Single Doubt (10) and Snitzel (10).

Inglis Classic is notorious for unearthing racetrack talent from young sires. Triple Honour gave subsequent champion trainer Chris Waller his first Australian Group 1, Pressday gave Waller his first two-year-old Group 1 and the aforementioned Brazen Beau his most recent. All three Group 1 winners were bought from Inglis Classic from the first or second crop of their respective sires for between $38,000 and $70,000.

The outstanding crop of First Season Sires assembled for 2015 Inglis Classic include Dream Ahead (17 lots), Smart Missile (14), Poet’s Voice (13), Uncle Mo (10), Zoffany (10), Pluck (10), Gio Ponti (6), Love Conquers All (6), Foxwedge (5), Master Of Design (5), Shrapnel (5), Toorak Toff (5), Moshe (4) and Skilled (4).

Leading nursery Widden Stud have compiled a draft of 49 yearlings for 2015 Inglis Classic. Other studs with sizeable drafts include Bowness Stud (25), Emirates Park (22), Broadwater Thoroughbreds (21), Vinery Stud (21), Ambergate (18), Yarraman Park Stud (17), Amarina Farm (14), Arrowfield Stud (14), Goodwood Farm (14), Middlebrook Valley Lodge (14), Torryburn Stud (13), Davali Thoroughbreds (12), Edinglassie Stud (12), Marquee Stud (12), Rosemont Stud (12), Turangga Farm (12), Carramar Park (10), Kambula Stud (10), Riversdale (10), Sledmere Stud (10) and Supreme Thoroughbreds (10).

All yearlings offered at the 2015 Inglis Classic Summer and Autumn Books are eligible for entry into the $5,000,000 Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons.

Previously announced enhancements to the Inglis Race Series from 2015 include a boost for the Inglis Nursery to $500,000 and the inclusion of new $250,000 3YO Sprints in both Sydney and Melbourne.

View the online catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Classic Summer Book at inglis.com.au or request your hard-copy catalogue by sending an email to catalogue@inglis.com.au or call Inglis Sydney on +61 2 9399 7999+61 2 9399 7999

Aushorse Welcomes Free Trade Deal

Aushorse Marketing welcomes the news that import tariffs on racehorses into China will be removed as part of the Free Trade Agreement signed by the federal government.

In recent years China has emerged as an important market for Australian-bred horses and the move to eliminate import duties over the coming four years is a significant moment in developing further trade between the two countries.

In 2013 some 106 Thoroughbreds were exported from Australia to China, while this year 157 horses have already been exported to the Asian powerhouse.

"This deal is a real win for the breeding industry in Australia as China is one of the countries in our region which may well expand its demand for bloodstock in the future,” said Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Aushorse and TBA.

"There has been an increasing awareness of horseracing and breeding in China recently and the removal of tariffs will ensure that Australian horses can compete with other exporting countries on an even playing field.

"Importantly, this development means that should the Chinese government ever seek to develop a large-scale racing industry Australia, with our large horse population and reputation for excellence, will be in pole position to provide the bulk of those horses.”

Aushorse, a non-profit industry organisation founded with the aim of promoting the Australian Thoroughbred both domestically and overseas, has been lobbying the federal government to work towards having these tariffs removed since 2009.

2015 Magic Millions Yearling Sale catalogue online

The 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale has attracted a star studded catalogue with close relations to many of the country's best gallopers to go under the hammer early in the New Year.

The catalogue for the first five days of the sale has been released and is now available for viewing online and also for download on the Equineline Catalog App for iPad.

The sale will commence on January 7 with the first foal of group winning mare Valentine Miss catalogued as the first lot, one of 42 lots for Widden Stud at the Gold Coast auction.

Leading trainers, owners and bloodstock agents are set to converge on the Gold Coast as they hunt for the next Dissident, Amicus, Shooting to Win, Atlantic Jewel, Zoustar, Pierro, Boban or Almalad.

"Last year's auction was a resounding success with increases across the board and a clearance rate of almost 90 per cent," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox noted. "We are confident prospective buyers will give our 2015 line up a great endorsement at the sale in January."

Among the well related lots in the 2015 catalogue are (at least half) relations to Group One winners including Aloha, Amicus, Bel Mer, Boban, Buffering, Captain Sonador, Delago Deluxe, Dreamaway, Eagle Regiment, Fat Al, Foxwedge, Happy Trails, Heavenly Glow, Ilovethiscity, Irish Lights, Jungle Rocket, Mrs Onassis, O'Marilyn, Pierro, Regal Cheer, Rena's Lady, Royal Descent, Sacred Choice, Samaready, Spirit of Boom, Starspangledbanner, Tinto and Whobegotyou.

Star racemares represented by yearlings in the catalogue include Group One winners Aloha, Bel Mer, Carry on Cutie, Clean Sweep, Covertly, Dorabella, Ellicorsam, Fashions Afield, Grand Journey, Hasna, Imperial Beauty, Kenbelle, Lady Jakeo, Midnight Oil, Miss Victory, Mythical Play, Portland Singa, Reactive, Recurring, Regimental Gal, Response, Russeting, Special Mission, Star Satire, Velocitea and Zagalia.

Some 274 lots in the catalogue are from stakes performed mares - 166 of them stakes winners prior to retiring to stud. 86% of yearlings catalogued are BOBS Eligible, while other Breeder Bonus schemes are well represented.

Plenty of interest will surround the progeny of 22 individual first season sires including Dream Ahead (14 lots), Foxwedge (30), Helmet (8), Love Conquers All (7), Pluck (9), Sepoy (34), Smart Missile (44), So You Think (23), Toorak Toff (8) and Uncle Mo (12).

The leading sires ranked by representation for the sale are Sebring (53 lots), Snitzel (52), Smart Missile (44), More Than Ready (36), Sepoy (34), I Am Invincible (31), Foxwedge (30), Northern Meteor (28), Fastnet Rock (26), Denman (24), Hinchinbrook (24) and So You Think (23). In all there are some 92 individual sires represented in Books 1 and 2 of the auction.

Australia's leading breeders and have supported the sale strongly with the leading vendors by draft size headed by Baramul Stud (69 lots), Coolmore Stud (55), Widden Stud (42), Newhaven Park (37), Newgate Farm (32), Arrowfield Stud (30), Yarraman Park (30), Vinery Stud (28), Kitchwin Hills (24) and Glenlogan Park (23).

To view the online catalogue click here and to download the PDF catalogue click here.

25th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

Champion Trainer Gai Waterhouse and Champion Sire Redoute's Choice combine for Randwick Group 1 win.

John & Trish Muir's Milburn Creek Thoroughbred Stud added a new Group 1 winner to their record and that of champion sire Redoute's Choice when Hampton Court stormed past his rivals at the end of the record-setting $400,000 ATC Spring Champion S. G1 over 2000 metres at Randwick.

The scorching early pace and the final course record time of 2:00.30 was largely the work of the other Redoute's Choice colt in the race, Panzer Division, sent to the front by jockey Tye Angland and asked to cover the first 1400 metres in 1:22.9. Trainer Paul Messara advised after the race that he would be aimed at shorter distances next preparation.

However, all the plaudits were justly earned by Hampton Court, who came from the tail of the field to break Dignity Dancer's 16 year-old record and drove through the line so strongly ahead of favourite First Seal and Sweynesse that trainer Gai Waterhouse immediately confirmed his trip to Melbourne for the Victoria Derby G1. He is now the $5 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $1.5 million Flemington classic.

Jockey Josh Parr said of the colt's finish at Randwick, "His turn of foot when he got balanced up and let rip was incredible."

Hampton Court is the first foal of Canadian stakeswinner Roses 'N' Wine (by Broken Vow), from the family of champion Makybe Diva and Group 2 winner Musket (also by Redoute's Choice).

Purchased for $500,000 by John Warren Bloodstock  from the Milburn Creek draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, he is raced by a group of owners that includes the Muirs, James Packer and Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones.

Hampton Court won his third start as a 2YO, ran fourth in Bachman's Schweppervescence H. G3 and progressed steadily to his first black type success in last weekend's ATC Dulcify Quality H. LR. His record now reads three wins and more than $360,000 from 9 starts.

Hampton Court is the fourth Group 1 winner bred by Milburn Creek, after Redoute's Dancer (also by Redoute's Choice), Sizzling (by Snitzel) and Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). The Muirs also enjoyed Group 1 success as owners of the grand mare Secret Admirer (2010 ATC Flight S. G1 & 2011 ATC Epsom H. G1).

Roses 'N' Wine has a yearling colt by Snitzel and is foaling again to him this Spring.

A week after he became the 119th stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice, Hampton Court is the 25th Group 1 winner for the three-time champion sire, whose current season earnings now stand at $2.1 million.

Redoute's Choice colts quinella Up and Coming Stakes

While their champion sire received accolades in the Hunter Valley, a pair of smashing Arrowfield colts showed Randwick racegoers exactly why Redoute's Choice is the king of Australian sires.

Scissor Kick and Panzer Division both went into Saturday's $125,000 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3 as last-start winners, but the more experienced Scissor Kick, successful in the The Rosebud LR on 9 August, was preferred by punters who let Panzer Division start at $17 in the nine-horse field. 


Kathy O'Hara made good use of the ace draw to position Panzer Division on the rail behind Liberation and Valentia, while Tye Angland and Scissor Kick settled behind them, one off the rail.

Soon after the field rounded the bend Panzer Division launched his challenge for the lead as Liberation ran out, badly hampering Valentia, Better Land and Meursault. Panzer Division's resoluteness began to pay off in the final 200 metres as Liberation continued to run erratically, while Scissor Kick drove through on the inside of the recovering Valentia.

Panzer Division hit the front fifty metres from home with Scissor Kick a half-length behind him chasing hard. The two colts crossed the line together and Scissor Kick was announced the winner after lengthy consideration of the photo by the judge and confirmation by the stewards. The official winning margin was a nose, with Valentia third and Better Land fourth after Liberation was relegated to fifth. 

Trainer Paul Messara said, “A great result for the team obviously. They are two outstanding colts that both have unlimited ability.

“They both have stallion potential. Panzer Division was headed to the Spring Champion Stakes while Scissor Kick is definitely going to the Golden Rose, but they may both head there now.”

Tye Angland said, “I thought my bloke was going to run fourth or fifth at one stage, he didn’t handle the track very well but he really knuckled down late."

Kathy O’Hara believed the wayward Liberation cost Panzer Division victory, despite not actually interfering with him.

“My horse has plenty to learn and he just lost concentration a bit when Liberation ran off the track. It’s a bit disappointing to lose, but it was a very good effort and it’s a good result for Paul."

A few hours later in Scone on Saturday evening, at the 2014 National & NSW Breeding Awards Dinner, Arrowfield Chairman John Messara accepted the third Australian Champion Sire trophy won by Redoute's Choice, following his premiership successes in 2006 and 2010.

Scissor Kick (ex Back Pass by Quest for Fame) was a $200,000 purchase from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale and is raced by his breeder Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing in partnership with Arrowfield.

Scissor Kick and his stakes-winning brother Sharkbite are grandsons of a half-sister to the great broodmare Hasili (dam of four Group 1 winners by Danehill), Arrive (dam of Danehill's champion daughter Promising Lead) and Dissemble (dam of Animal Kingdom's sire Leroidesanimaux).

Back Pass died earlier this year but has a 2YO daughter by Redoute's Choice and a yearling colt by High Chaparral.

Also an Inglis Easter graduate, Panzer Division (ex Desert Fight by Hussonet) was bred by Brent & Judy Hudson of Lustre Lodge and purchased for $120,000 by Paul Messara Racing. Desert Fight, a dual Group 1 winner and Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, has a 2YO filly by Redoute's Choice and visits Animal Kingdom this Spring.

Scissor Kick and Panzer Division have quickly pushed Redoute's Choice past the $500,000 mark on the 2014/15 General Sires' table which is currently headed by another Redoute's Choice son, Snitzel.

News from Arrowfield Stud

Pictured: Redoute's Choice colts Panzer Division (black cap) and Scissor Kick (yellow cap) fight out an all-Arrowfield finish in Saturday's Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

National & NSW Breeding Awards - Media Release

Six breeding awards for the 2013-14 season were presented atthe combined National & NSW Breeding Awards Dinner held at Scone Racecourseon Saturday, August 23, hosted by Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) andThoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA). 

The compčre for the evening was popular presenter Caroline Searcy andthe guest speaker was Thoroughbred breeder Mark Latham.

Redoute’s Choice (AUS) was the winner of the Champion Sireaward and Basil Nolan, President of TBA, presented the magnificent trophy to ArrowfieldStud’s John Messara.  This is the ninthconsecutive year in which the premiership has been won by an Australian-bredstallion, commencing in 2006 when the long reign of Redoute’s Choice’s ownsire, Danehill (USA), was broken, and the third time that Redoute’s Choice hasachieved the Champion Sire title.          

Mossman (AUS), sire of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, wonthe Champion Sire of 2YOs award. Vinery’s Peter Orton was on hand to receive the award from Derek Field,Acting Chairman of TBNSW and board member of TBA.

I am Invincible (AUS) was the winner of the ChampionAustralian First Season Sire award. Co-owners Ray Gall and Yarraman Park’s Arthur Mitchell received thetrophy from TBNSW board member, Glenn Burrows.

The Australian Stud Book sponsored two awards - theAustralian Broodmare of the Year and the NSW Champion Broodmare.

The Australian Broodmare of the Year was Estelle Collection(NZ), dam of Lankan Rupee, the world’s highest ranking sprinter.  Estelle Collection’s owner Coolmore wasrepresented by Shane McGrath who received the trophy from Jacqueline Stewart,Keeper of the Australian Stud Book.

The title of NSW Champion Broodmare was awarded to Regard (AUS), dam of four time G1 winner Atlantic Jewel, as well as G1 winnerCommanding Jewel – her only two living foals before her untimely death in2011.  Michael Ford, former Keeper of theAustralian Stud Book, made the presentation to Greg Perry, owner of Regard.

The Aushorse Marketing Australian-Bred Exported Racehorse ofthe Year Award was won by the breeder of Amber Sky (AUS), winner of the G1 AlQuoz Sprint in Dubai as well as the Kent & Curwen Centenary Cup in HongKong.  The award was presented byAushorse Marketing’s Rowena Smith to Arthur Inglis who accepted the trophy onbehalf of O E & D R Pope Pty Ltd.

 Award winners:

Champion Australian Sire: Redoute’s Choice (AUS)
Champion Australian Sire of 2YOs:  Mossman (AUS)
Champion Australian First Season Sire: I Am Invincible (AUS)
Australian Broodmare of the Year: Estelle Collection (NZ)
NSW Champion Broodmare: Regard(AUS)
Breeder of the Australian-Bred Exported Racehorse of the Year: O E & D R Pope PtyLtd (SA)

Drayton South Pac - D Day

Theoutcome of today’s meeting will be a watershed decision.

ThePlanning Assessment Commission’s decision, in the shoes of the Government, willbe the first real test of the Government’s policy of heightened protectionunder its Strategic Regional Land Use Plan for the Upper Hunter.

“Thisis a critical decision, not only for the future of Darley and Coolmore, butalso for the future of our entire industry in the Hunter Valley. It willsignal whether the Government is genuine in protecting its vital agriculturalassets and critical industries clusters and its commitment that theGovernment’s process will protect us,” Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders AssociationPresident (HTBA) Dr Collins said today

“TheDrayton South Review PAC unequivocally recommended that “this mine should notproceed” and that the Coolmore and Darley studs be afforded the “highest levelof protection from mining,” he said.

“ThePAC also accepted and backed the advice of their own independent experts, andreinforced the conclusions of the Bickham PAC, that “these land uses cannotco-exist in close proximity to one another” and that “open cut coal mining anda viable international-scale thoroughbred breeding enterprise are incompatibleland uses.

“TheSecretary’s Environmental Assessment Report, prepared by the Department ofPlanning and Environment, acknowledges that Anglo’s most recent mine plan meetsless than half of the recommendations made by the Review PAC for a future, muchsmaller mine application.

“AngloAmerican admits that if it were to comply with the Review PAC’s recommendationsthe mine would be financially unviable.

“TheSecretary’s Environmental Assessment Report also admits that little additionalinformation has been provided by Anglo American to assess the environmentalimpacts of its new mine plan.

“Despitethis, and in stark contrast to the recommendations of the Government’sindependent PAC, the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Report ignores thereview PAC’s recommendations, ignores the independent Gateway Panel’s advice,ignores our industry’s expert advice, and recommends that the Drayton Southmine proceed.

“Theserious concerns the Review PAC and our experts have previously raisedregarding air quality, water, impacts on our industry, environment, landscapeand heritage remain unaddressed.

“Ourexpert’s findings remain that this project will result in a net economic lossof $457m to the NSW community before the impacts on our studs and our broadercommunity are taken into account. They conclude that this revised minewill return only $15m a year in royalties to the NSW Government. Is thatworth the risk of destroying the future of an entire industry and thousands ofsustainable long term jobs?

“Allthe available evidence, including previous PAC recommendations andinternational experience, demonstrates that mining and thoroughbred breedingare diametrically opposed businesses and land uses which cannot “successfullyco-exist” in close proximity. No amount of conditioning will alter thisfact.

“Thisis not a choice between two industries. This is a choice between one mineand one industry. This is a choice between two fundamentally incompatibleland uses. It is also an opportunity for the Government to deliver on itscommitments for “balance” and “strong protection for our most valuableagricultural assets.

“Wetrust that this PAC will come to the right decision, do what is right andreject this proposal.

“Thefuture of our entire industry depends on it,” Dr Collins said.


Before a large crowd at the spectacular Event Centre at The Star, Boban was named the NSW Champion Horse of the Year at the NSW Racehorse Owners Association’s (NSWROA) 2014 Racing’s Night of Champions.

We saw the “best of the best” in the racing world in contention for all the awards at this prestigious event in aid of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation which was televised live to the world on Sky Racing World.

The award winners for the 2013/14 season were:







Guy & Wendy Walter
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It was standing room only on the dance floor as The Chantoozies took us down memory lane with some fantastic moments from the late 1980’s. The ladies were in fine form indeed on a night when fine form was rewarded accordingly.

NSWROA President, Mr Ray McDowell said “on behalf of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and NSWROA, I would like to thank everyone for attending to help us in “celebrating the best”. My thanks also to our sponsors – we couldn’t do it without you! Congratulations to all winners and I look forward to seeing you all again next year at this wonderful event.”

For more information, visit the NSWROA website at www.nswroa.com.au.

  • The Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre Seminar
  • Don’t miss the 2014 NSW and National Breeding Awards Dinner,
  • Nominations Announced for 2014 Racing's Night of Champions
  • The Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre Seminar
  • Hendra Virus case near Murwillumbah
  • Racing's Night Of Champions
  • 212 Lots To Be Offered In Sydney On Sunday
  • New Chairman at Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and CEO position becomes available
  • Tribute to the late Guy Walter

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