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Hunter Valley Sired Runners Fill Golden Slipper
The world's richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds, the Golden Slipper, will be contested by a field entirely comprised of Hunter Valley sired horses this weekend.

"This is testament to the fact that we breed and race the best in the world,” Dr Cameron Collins, President of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association said.

Prize money of $3.5 million has attracted a full field of runners all of which have been sired by champion Hunter Valley stallions.

Arrowfield's stallions Not a Single Doubt and Snitzel have sired three runners, Risen from Doubt, Oakleigh Girl and Scratch Me Lucky. Coolmore's stallions Fastnet Rock, Haradasun and Choisir have sired three runners Valentia, Modoc and Eloping.

Darley's stallions Exceed And Excel, Shamardal, Denman and Street Cry have sired five runners Jabali, Ghibellines, Law, Earthquake and Memorial. Widden's stallions Lucky Owners and Sebring have sired three runners Alpha Miss, Bring Me The Maid and Believe Yourself.

Vinery's stallions Testa Rosa and Mossman have sired Unencumbered and Mossfun, and Kitchwin Hill's Duporth has sired Cornrow.

"Just getting a runner in this field is in itself an impressive achievement. This year's line up, entirely comprised of Hunter Valley sired horses, is no exception. It showcases the Hunter Valley's world class thoroughbreds and is a reminder to all lovers of this sport that we have a champion breeding ground in the Hunter Valley that should not be taken for granted and should be protected,” Dr Collins said

"The Sydney Autumn Carnival showcases the very best of our breeding and racing industries. The two go hand in hand.

"We encourage everyone attending the races this weekend to take a moment to consider that our future hangs in the balance if the Government does not move to protect our breeding grounds in the Hunter Valley. Anglo American's Drayton South is a significant test case that will ruin our industry and our leading studs if the Government does not act now on its expert's advice and reject this mine," Dr Collins said.

HTBA Release
Do smaller breeders have a future in the industry?

Smaller breeders are vital to the health of Australia’sthoroughbred industry but their numbers have fallen sharply in recent years andmany of those still active have cut back on mare numbers. As a consequence, theannual foal crop has reduced to a point where we often see small race fieldsresulting in reduced wagering and financial returns. If this decline in foalnumbers continues we may soon not produce the numbers of horses required tofill the 20,000 races authorities wish to program each year.

Stallion owners need the support of smaller breeders, manyof whom are responsible for top class performers, to fill the books of theirsires and the present situation is also of concern to Thoroughbred BreedersAustralia, TBNSW, racing administrators, sales companies, owners, trainers andall concerned with the future of our industry.

Caroline Searcy recently questioned a number of smallerbreeders, all members of TBNSW, about their involvement, the problems they faceand the future. Their answers in most cases highlight a worrying time ahead inattempting to reverse the trend.

To read the complete article click here.


VicePresident of The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Mr John Sunderland,announced today that the 2014 Irish National Stud Scholarship has been awardedto Willam Lee- Warner.

"The HTBA has a proud history of sponsoring scholarships to thisprestigious course.  With the support of Gallagher Basset (Work CoverInsurance) we are very pleased to do so again in 2014," said MrSunderland.

"William Lee-Warner will join a select number of students from around the worldto participate in the highly respected Irish National Stud breeding course inKildare, Ireland,” he said.

William is originally from Rouchel, Aberdeen. He is a graduate of the MarcusOldham course and has been an employee of Darley Woodlands, Denman working invarious aspects of stud work for the past two years. 

The HTBA received many applications for this scholarship from candidates withexcellent resumes and background in the equine industry.  

"The high calibre of candidates again in 2014 highlights the strong competitionfor this scholarship.  We congratulate William and wish him every successwith the course.  We are confident that William will be a great ambassadorfor both the HTBA and Australia,” Mr Sunderland said.

Contact:  John Sunderland +61 2 6547 3002. 

Photo: Mr William Lee-Warner


The first Thoroughbred Breeding course was held in the Irish National Stud in1971 and remains the best-known equine training programme to this day. The aim of the course is to educate young people for a career in thethoroughbred industry.  Since its inception in 1971, graduates haveprogressed to fulfilling careers in the industry and many have become prominentin thoroughbred breeding throughout the world, racehorse training, bloodstocksales, insurance and the media.

The full time residential course begins in February and continues throughoutthe Northern Hemisphere’s breeding season culminating in exams and prize givingin July.   The course covers all aspects of the science and art of horsebreeding and racing along with the ever-expanding areas of the thoroughbredindustry such as Marketing, Human Resource and Work Health & Safety. 

Students are provided a hands-on approach while they live and work on the stud,gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of each business area, withlectures held each afternoon. Students are taught by leaders of the IrishThoroughbred industry.  They are also exposed to other Stud farms, racingstables and sale complexes in the area to broaden their experience.  Written, oral and practical exams are held at the end of the course. Successfulcandidates receive the Irish National Stud certificate, which is a highlyacclaimed award recognised worldwide throughout the Thoroughbred industry. 


Excellent Results Across The Board At The Inglis Sydney Classic Summer Book

The 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book concluded on Monday with excellent results across the board pointing to strengthening support for the new format.

"This sale is really making a name for itself as the place to offer strong athletic types regardless of pedigree. Our bloodstock team focus on identifying those types and buyers have swarmed to snap them up here in Sydney,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

15 lots by 13 different sires sold for $100,000 or more at this year’s Classic Summer Book. They included colts by Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Big Brown, Nicconi, Sebring, Rothesay, Street Sense, Teofilo, Myboycharlie, I Am Invincible and Dubleo, plus fillies by Northern Meteor, Not A Single Doubt and Star Witness.

CLICK HERE to view InglisTV’s wrap of the outstanding sale.

McEvoy Mitchell Racing secured two of the six figure lots on Day Two, including the sale topper by Snitzel. The colt from stakes placed Danehill mare Sharp Hill was secured for $200,000 when offered as Lot 396 on account of Carramar Park.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock purchased the top priced filly by Northern Meteor from Redoute’s Choice mare Luscilla’s Choice for $130,000. The filly was sold by Broadwater Thoroughbreds as Lot 275.

Photos of the sale’s top lots can be viewed on Inglis’ Facebook page InglisBloodstock

"On the back of the last two day’s there is certainly plenty of potential to grow this sale, with a wide buying bench of local, interstate and overseas buyers strongly competing on the better types offered here,” said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

Buyers from all across Australia faced stiff international competition in the Newmarket ring over the past two days, with New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and South Africa all very active.

McEvoy Mitchell Racingfinished as the leading individual buyer having secured six lots for a total of $435,000.

Paul Guy’s Heritage Bloodstock was extremely busy on Sunday and Monday buying 11 lots at $373,000 for clients from South Africa.

The overall average price for the 2014 Classic Summer Book closed at $35,020, which is an increase of 5% on last year.

The Day One clearance rate has risen to 87

. Today’s 80
clearance rate is also expected to keep rising as private offers continue to flow in via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.


Widden Stud, which sold outstanding Classic graduates Whobegotyou, Triple Honour, Typhoon Zed and Cavalry Rose here at Newmarket, has finished the 2014 Summer Book as the leading vendor by aggregate having sold 24 lots for $748,000.

Southern Cross Breeders led the vendors by average (3 or more sold) at $63,333. Carramar Park also had a tremendous sale selling nine lots at an average of $63,000.

Amarina Farm, Broadwater Thoroughbreds, Dartbrook Downs, Edinglassie Stud, Marquee Stud and Sledmere Stud all recorded 100% clearance rates for the 8 or more lots they each offered.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for the sale can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

Turangaa Farm-bred Able Friend Conquers Hong Kong Classic Mile

Powerful Australian bred and Inglis sold galloper Able Friend turned on the afterburners at Sha Tin on Sunday evening, steaming away with the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile in race record time.

Able Friend (Shamardal x Ponte Piccolo) was sent out the odds on favourite for the four-year-old feature and he duly saluted in emphatic style under Joao ‘Magic’ Moreira.

Replay and result of the Hong Kong Classic Mile can be viewed HERE

The John Moore trained star stopped the clock in a Classic Mile record time of 1:33.43 for the 1600m contest, netting his owners the lion’s share of the HK$6,000,000 race prizemoney.

Bred by Stuart Ramsey, Able Friend was purchased by George Moore Bloodstock for $550,000 from Ramsey’s Turangga Farm draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Able Friend’s yearling half-brother by Manhattan Rain will be offered by Turangga Farm at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney in April.

Able Friend is the most expensive son of Shamardal to be sold in Australia and he is living right up to his pricetag. Sunday’s win was Able Friend’s fourth win from five starts in Hong Kong.

The preview magazine for this year’s Australian Easter Yearling Sale can be viewed online HERE

The prestigious auction will be conducted on 8, 9 & 10 April in 2014, only days before the start of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association President, Dr Cameron Collins, congratulated the NSW Government for taking the right decision to cancel the corruption tainted mining licences awarded by former Minister Macdonald and reasserted the call for a ban on future mining on this site.

"We applaud the NSW Premier’s decision to cancel the Doyles Creek, Mt Penny and Glendon Brook exploration licences.  The Premier promised that he would implement the recommendations of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and he has delivered on that commitment,” Dr Collins said.

"We now call on the Government to give our communities and our internationally renowned thoroughbred breeding industry certainty by amending the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 to prohibit open cut and underground mining on the NuCoal site,” Dr Collins said.

The Doyles Creek Exploration Licence is in the equine critical industry cluster.  It lies directly underneath two international scale thoroughbred breeding studs, Coolmore Australia and Darley Australia, and is very close to the township of Jerrys Plains, the Hunter River and the Wollemi National Park.

"An exploration licence on this site, so close to communities, international scale studs, the Hunter River, and the Wollemi National Park should never have been issued," Dr Collins said.

Two independent Planning Assessment Commission reports (Bickham and Drayton South) have confirmed that mining and international scale thoroughbred breeding operations cannot co-exist in such close proximity.  

The recent independent Planning Assessment Commission report on Drayton South concluded that Coolmore and Darley were essential and critical to the Equine Critical Industry Cluster and should be protected from the impacts of mining.

Our industry and our communities have lived with investment and personal uncertainty and hardship for over five years.  We now need to move on.  But we need certainty so that we can invest with confidence.  
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The Hunter Valley’s Thoroughbred Breeding industry contributes over $5b to the national economy and $2.4 billion to the NSW economy.  It is one of three international centres of thoroughbred breeding excellence in the world – alongside Newmarket in the UK and Kentucky in the USA.   It is Australia’s largest supplier, producer and exporter of thoroughbreds.  Australia’s thoroughbred breeding and racing industry is one of the largest employers in Australia.  It employs thousands of people in the Hunter and hundreds of thousands of people nationally. It is an iconic Australian sporting industry worth protecting.
Classic Summer Book Off To A Strong Start

A rising average price and a 84% clearance rate underpinned strong trade on the opening day of the 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book at Newmarket.

Inglis’ video wrap of the day’s proceedings can be viewed on InglisTV HERE

Local, interstate and overseas buyers took home 189 lots today, headed by Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s Not A Single Doubt x Foxy filly (Lot 173) that was purchased by Kitchwin Hills for $105,000.

"Strong athletic types again drew plenty of competition and I have no doubt that many of today’s buys will outperform their price tags, as has become a great hallmark of Classic,” said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

Three colts also made $100,000. They were:
* Lot 26 – Street Sense x Angora colt from Princes Farm – bought by Muskoka Farm NSW
* Lot 39 – Teofilo x Ave Amina colt from Supreme Thoroughbreds – bought by Diamond Lodge NZ
* Lot 84 – Myboycharlie x Centaine Haze colt from Vinery Stud – bought by Ron Quinton NSW

Photos of today’s top lots can be viewed on Inglis’ Facebook page InglisBloodstock

Muskoka Farm ended Day One as the leading buyer having snapped up four colts for $270,000. All will be pinhooked into the Inglis Sydney Ready 2 Race Sale in October.

"We had great success at last year’s Ready 2 Race Sale so have come here on a mission to purchase types that we can make a good return on our investment back here later in the year at the two-year-old sale,” said Muskoka Farm Principal Wendy Lapointe.

"John Hutchinson, Rick Worthington and myself are working together to secure a specific type on a strict budget and we are delighted with today’s four purchases. We hope we can add a few more tomorrow before we take them through our system with Gerald Ryan as we did last year,” Wendy added.

Muskoka and other local buyers had plenty of competition from interstate and overseas. International markets active on the day included New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and South Africa.

The average price on Day One was up 6% on last year’s figure to $34,804. The median was a strong $30,000.

Emirates Park, which sold Group 3 winner Boomwaa at Classic Summer Book last year, finished as the leading vendor by aggregate today selling 25 lots for $518,000.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for today’s session can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

240 remaining yearlings (Lots 241 to 480) will be offered from the earlier starting time of 10am tomorrow, Monday 20 January.

Day Two will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day live. Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer will again be available to buyers unable to make it to Newmarket.

Triple Treat Delivered By Peggy Jean In $250,000 Inglis Classic
46,000 Summer Book purchase Peggy Jean made it a triple treat at Randwick on Saturday when the filly finished hard to take out the Restricted Listed $250,000 Inglis Classic race for two-year-olds.

Peggy’s win was the third victory in the valuable Inglis Classic race for syndication company Triple Crown Thoroughbreds following the wins of Cavalry Rose and Miss Independent in 2012 and 2008.

"Classic is a great sale for us and the race has been every kind to us with three wins in seven years. We do target this race as soon as we buy them,” said Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

"Last year we bought four lots. Two of them were in the race today, one is in Melbourne and the other is an out and out stayer. We are thrilled with today’s result,” Ward added.

Peggy Jean (Myboycharlie x Lady Of Love) settled behind the hot speed set by Group 3 winning favourite Boomwaa (by Mutawaajid), which stuck on well for second place ahead of debutant Unequivocal (by Not A Single Doubt).

"I was bit worried about the 1200m today because she’s a filly that is really going to get better when she gets out to a mile or further. We took Cavalry Rose to Group success and then into the Golden Slipper after this race, but this filly would be suited more to the Fernhill or Champagne later in the Autumn,” said trainer Gerald Ryan.

Peggy Jean, which earned her connections $150,000 prizemoney today, was a $46,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications from the draft of Torryburn Stud at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.

480 lots have been catalogued for this year’s Classic Summer Book, including a half-sister to placegetter Unequivocal to be offered as Lot 87. The sale starts at 10am tomorrow, Sunday 19 January.

The Classic Summer Book is available on both the market leading Inglis Sales iPad App and online at www.inglis.com.au

The sale will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day live, with Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer available for those buyers unable to attend the Newmarket complex during the two day sale.

Regular updates direct from the sale ring will also be posted via @Inglis_Sales on Twitter and photos of today’s race and both days of the sale will be made available on Inglis’ Facebook page InglisBloodstock

The next race in the $5 million Inglis Race Series is for three-year-olds on Saturday 25 January 2014, at Royal Randwick. Over 1600M, the 3YO BM75 Handicap carries a $100,000 bonus if the winning horse is nominated and eligible for the Inglis Race Series


Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) advises that the Levy Proposal for a Statutory Research and Development (R&D) Levy on Thoroughbred Breeders was lodged with the Department of Agriculture (DA) on 27 November 2013.

If the TBA application is successful it will enable a program of research projects to be undertaken on an ongoing basis financed by levy collections matched by Federal Government funds. As a Thoroughbred breeder and potential levy payer, you have the right to lodge an objection against the levy proposal if you feel inclined to do so.

Formal objections will be accepted by the Minister for Agriculture, Parliamentary Secretary or DA within a 6 week period commencing 6 January 2014, and expiring at 5pm AEST 14 February 2014 .

Those wishing to make a submission on the proposed levy arrangements can forward their comments directly to this department at meatandlivestock@daff.gov.au . Alternatively they can post their submission to:

Thoroughbred Breeders Levy Proposal

Meat, Eggs and Quota Policy Section

Australian Government Department of Agriculture

GPO Box 858, CanberraACT2601

The objection should clearly outline the reasons why the levy is opposed and should include an analysis of the pro-levy argument. Most importantly, it should include documentary evidence that actual and/or potential levy payers oppose the implementation of the levy. Objections having little basis in fact or which are considered irrelevant, frivolous or vexatious will not proceed.

Those wishing to make an objection are directed to the Levy Principles and Guidelines for information about the requirements of objection submissions which can be down loaded at


If you would like to lodge an objection, you will need to be conversant with the full details of the TBA R&D Levy Proposal and its attachments. Full details of the TBA R&D Levy Proposal and supporting documentation are available on the TBA website www.tbaus.com/levy

TBA Release

Racing NSW has announced the expansion to the hugely successful Breeders Owners Bonus Scheme (BOBS).

From 1 January, 2014 Racing NSW will pay a 2.5% BOBS Bonus to the registered breeder (as set out in theAustralian Stud Book) of any horse who wins a BOBS or BOBS Extra bonus

As an example, the registered breeder of a broodmare whose BOBS nominated progeny are successful at a Saturday metropolitan race meeting will receive a $500 BOBS bonus. Payments will be made at the same percentage rate of the BOBS bonus across all races inNSW excluding Group and Listed races.

In order to receive this bonus, the registered breeder must complete a BOBS Mare Bonus form within 6 months of the date of the horse’s win.














Stallion Nominator


















Registered Breeder (Mare)






Visit www.racingnsw.com.au to complete the form online or alternatively a form can be downloaded and returned to Racing NSW.

For more information please contact Ian Mackay on (02) 9551 7500 or imackay@racingnsw.com.au

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