Newgate toasts another Group 1 victory with Champagne result

ic2ds49bl-capt-1Newgate’s massive investment in its stallion roster returned another bumper dividend at Randwick on Saturday when Capitalist’s high-priced youngster Captivant struck a winning blow in the G1 Champagne S.

Henry Field’s Newgate shares in the ownership of the G1 Moet & Chandon Champagne S. winner Captivant and is blessed with an abundance of young stallion talent with Capitalist now matching the feats of his youthful associates Extreme Choice and Flying Artie.

Through an outstanding autumn for the Hunter Valley farm, Extreme Choice’s son Stay Inside claimed the G1 Golden Slipper S. while Flying Artie sired the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Artorius.

Newgate is also involved with a number of partners in the ownership of all three Group 1-winning colts so the future quality of the roster is assured when the time comes for the trio to move on to the second stages of their careers.

Leneva leaps into stallion operation

leneveaIt has already been a big 2021 for Leneva Park, with its latest milestone the announcement of service fees for its two foundation stallions. We caught up with General Manager Mick Sharkie to discuss the road ahead for the burgeoning Victorian breeding operation.

There is a palpable sense of excitement in Leneva Park General Manager Mick Sharkie's voice as he drives the highways of Victoria inspecting prospective broodmares to purchase to support the stud's two stallions, Fierce Impact (Jpn) and Royal Meeting (Ire).

This week Leneva Park, founded by ambitious young businessman Luke Vandersluys as a pre-training business that has now evolved into a breeding operation as well, reached its latest significant milestone, when it confirmed the service fees for Fierce Impact ($16,500 inc GST) and Royal Meeting ($11,000 inc GST) for 2021.

With a strong strategy for growth in place, something Vandersluys has experience with in his burgeoning Countrywide Asphalt business, the time has come for the hard work to be done to ensure that both stallions get the right launching point.

With the prices up on the board, the nominations team are flat out fielding calls from prospective clients, while Sharkie is putting in the miles to assess potential additions to the Leneva Park broodmare band, with the advice of some key mentors very much in the forefront of his mind.

"If you are going to stand stallions, you have to recruit the right mares to send to them. That's something that I've really learned with by friendship with Toby Liston and the Liston family, particularly what they've done in the past 10 years at Three Bridges," Sharkie told TDN AusNZ.

Yulong secures Written Tycoon in significant coup

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Champion stallion Written Tycoon will headline Yulong Stud's Victorian-based stallion roster for the 2021 season in a huge coup for the emerging thoroughbred powerhouse.

Written Tycoon moved from Woodside Park to Arrowfield Stud in 2020, but a decision from shareholder Woodside Park to step away from its stallion holdings saw a change in the ownership structure. That allowed Yulong to swoop and acquire the established Group 1 producer to stand alongside its young stallions Yulong Prince (SAF), Alabama Express and Grunt (NZ) in 2021.

While Yulong, which is owned by Chinese businessman Yuesheng Zhang, has been a significant investor in the Australian industry in the past five years in terms of bloodstock, racing and infrastructure, the decision to acquire one of Australia's hottest and in-demand stallions takes that commitment to another level.

“Written Tycoon is one of Australia’s best stallions, it is an absolute privilege to welcome him back to Victoria, and have him join our roster at Yulong Stud,” Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, said.

“We are greatly appreciative to Sheriff Iskander for entrusting us with Written Tycoon in the twilight of a truly extraordinary career, where the best is yet to come.”

Written Tycoon has gone from strength to strength, particularly in the past five years since his first star and Group 1 winner Capitalist hit the track. Having initially stood or $8250 (inc GST) in his first season in 2007, he is now one of the most in-demand stallions in the country, having produced 42 stakes winners, including 11 Group 1 winners.

Russian Camelot and Doubtland on the roster at Widden Victoria

russian-camelotThe dual Group 1 winner Russian Camelot (Ire) and brilliant sprinter Doubtland will debut at the official launch of Widden Stud Victoria and its first Open Day this Sunday.

It was only a month ago that Widden Stud announced it would be taking over the former Eliza Park property near Kerrie in Victoria, and true to the word of Antony Thompson at the time, the roster expansion has come quickly with the announcement of two new recruits.

The exceptionally talented Russian Camelot secured two Group 1 victories in an 11 start career and he will be joined by precocious sprinter Doubtland at the Victorian property.

Russian Camelot will stand at $22,000 (inc GST), while Doubtland will launch his career at $16,500 (inc GST). Widden have also announced that shares and lifetime breeding rights are being offered.

“We’re aiming to build a sustainable commercial roster of sires for the Victorian market that can satisfy the needs of a wide range of breeders and in Russian Camelot and Doubtland we have two outstanding prospects,” said Widden Stud owner and proprietor Antony Thompson.

Maguire's miracle mating sets up Slipper success

stay-inside tdn3While Paul Maguire does not hold any official title in G1 Golden Slipper S., winner Stay Inside's (Extreme Choice) career, nobody knows better than the man who planned the mating that produced the colt, how unlikely it was that he came to be foaled in the first place.

Racing is full of sliding-doors moments, but few can match the 'what if' story of Stay Inside, bred from a stallion with fertility issues out of a mare whose breeding record is best described as patchy.

It was Maguire who sourced his dam, Nothin' Leica Storm (Anabaa {USA}), sight unseen out of the Inglis Sydney Weanling and Broodmare Sale for just $1000 in 2015 and started out the journey that six years later would lead to her colt's dominant win in the world's richest 2-year-old race at Rosehill on Saturday.

"I am always looking for hidden diamonds. I always used to go through the pass ins (lots)" Paul Maguire said.

"Myself and my wife, Lyn, we have always liked Anabaa mares and we try to ensure our mares are by the leading broodmare sires and 70 per cent of them would fit that category.

"We had bought another Anabaa mare earlier that same season and when Nothin' Leica Storm was passed in at an Inglis sale I rang Simon Vivian. I left a message to ask why this mare had fallen through the cracks, and he texted me back and asked if he could get back to me the next day."

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