Arrowfield Increases Stake In It's A Dundeel

Horse-Its A Dundeel-80252-636x424Arrowfield Stud has secured the controlling interest in multiple G1 winner It's A Dundeel after increasing its stake in the four-year-old to more than 50 percent.

The NZ owners of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained stallion sold 30 per cent to Arrowfield during the Melbourne spring carnival.

The deal contained an option for Arrowfield to increase its stake in It’s A Dundeel and the stud has now exercised that option.

The stud will now control the racing program of It’s A Dundeel with the entire to race in Arrowfield colours.

Baker and Forsman will continue to train the five-time G1 winner with his autumn goal being the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April.

Zoustar to Stand at Widden and Woodside

zoustarcoolmore2In a major coup for the Victorian breeding industry Woodside Park Stud and Widden Stud will join forces in standing Australia's best 3yo colt Zoustar.

In a deal brokered shortly after Zoustar's dominant Coolmore Stakes victory the son of Northern Meteor will stand season's 1 and 3 at Widden Stud and season's 2 and 4 at Woodside Park Stud.

Zoustar - Lisa Grimm Woodside Park Stud General Manager Murray Tillett is excited by the arrangement.

"This is a wonderful day for Woodside Park Stud and the Victorian Breeding Industry. This historic arrangement with Widden Stud gives our breeders access to the hottest young stallion prospect in Australia," said Tillett

As part of the deal Woodside Park Stud has taken equity in the talented 3yo.

"We have secured a significant stake in the horse and will be involved in his racing and breeding both at Widden Stud and off course when he stands here at Woodside Park," Tillett says Woodside Park Stud is very happy to be forming this unique joint venture with Widden Stud.

Singapore Group One Winner for Show a Heart

superninetyseven281013 400GLENLOGAN PARK'S Champion Stallion, Show A Heart, added another star performer winner to his impressive stud record on Sunday night when the Michael Freedman trained Super Ninetyseven produced a whirlwind finish to take out the second leg of the Singapore Triple Crown Series, the $500,000 Raffles Cup Sng Gr 1.

Super NinetysevenIn a huge coup for the farm, Glenlogan Park stallions have now supplied both of the winners in the first two legs of this Group One series after the Bradbury's Luck gelding, Cash Luck, was victorious in the Kranji Mile earlier in the month.

However it was Show A Heart's Super Ninetyseven that reigned supreme on Sunday and it was a victory that was very well-deserved.

Kok Earns First Group Success In Panasonic Kranji Mile

Horse-Cash Luck-81132-636x424​A well-orchestrated pre-race battle plan saw trainer David Kok secure his first Group success when Cash Luck stole the Group 1 Panasonic Kranji Mile.

With no real high-calibre horses among his 40-odd strong stable, the former assistant to ex-Kranji trainer Charles Leck does not enjoy the same opportunities as the big guns in the feature races, but $105 shot Cash Luck turned giant-killer at the right time at the right place, courtesy of an astute choice of tactics hammered out between Kok and jockey Danny Beasley.

Half the battle was won when the Bradbury’s Luckfive-year-old, although not the best away, mustered speed as he was ridden positive out of barrier No 5 to quickly drop anchor outside noted pacesetter and $17 favourite Mr Big (Corey Brown). City Lad (Jose Verenzuela) was the next in line, but a wide gap away was two of the leading fancies, second-elect Stepitup (Manoel Nunes, $20) alongside Zac Spirit (Joao Moreira, $21) while Super Ninetyseven (Alan Munro, $23) was further adrift, ahead of just one runner.

Sire Records Are made To Be Broken

One of the most remarkable achievements in Widden Stud history early last century was the amazing number of winners produced by resident sire Grafton.

At a time when the birth of 30 or more foals by one sire was rare Grafton supplied the winners in one season of 205½ races from 71 individual winners in 1909-10 and 204½ (81) in 1910-11.

He was the first sire in Australian history to reach double century wins in one year and he also set a new record for individual winners with 86 successful in 182 ½ races in 1908-09.

Grafton held the individual winners record until Smokey Eyes, the Irish bred sprinter by Star Kingdom’s sire Stardust, chalked up 88 winners of 188 ½ races from his use at Lyndhurst Stud in1967-68.

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