Les Carlyon, one of Australia’s most respected journalists and authors has died.
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Bren O'Brien recently caught up with James Harron to chat through the development of the bloodstock and syndication aspects of his business.
At last it’s being said by someone beyond our borders. The siren call of “first aid” for South Africa’s export initiatives has finally reached the enclaves of those that really matter, thanks to a ream of links in a long chain of knocks on the proverbial door. Vast sums and great reserves of energy have been expended in the process, none more so than by the redoubtable Mayfair Speculators, otherwise popularly known as “M.J.”, now a name of the household variety in international racing circles.
Galileo reclaims the money title; with just 10 days left in the year, he has 2016 progeny earnings of an incredible $30,082,927, and once again leads all six black-type categories, with 39 BTW, 71 BTH, 30 GSW, 54 GSH, a mind-blowing 14 Group 1 winners (by comparison, Dubawi, Tapit and North America number two sire Curlin have five each), and 24 G1H. Dubawi is second in Europe, with the earners of $17,886,202.
"The one thing that never ceases to amaze me, is how things have turned out for the Irish-based racehorse breeding business Coolmore, and its international agencies, Ashford in the USA and the Hunter Valley’s Coolmore Australia." - Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO
My grandchildren will tell you I’m “old” but next to the subject of this note, I’m still in the kindergarden. By my reckoning, Des Scott will be 90 next birthday. He was a junior at Durban High School in 1940, my father’s last year, which calls for some respect. Des earned that a long time ago though, through his dexterity as a businessman and in our game, as an exemplary owner of racehorses. This weekend, he achieved a new milestone as the breeder of an English Group One winner, Rivet, who catapulted himself into contention for the juvenile colts’ championship with a knock-out blow in the season-ending Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1).
Nobody needs reminding of the throttling drought that’s engulfed the Southern-African region in the past 2 years. We live in one of the most productive agricultural districts in the world, made thus through the serendipitous relationship between soil and soul; over millions of years, the Drakensberg mountain range, comprised largely of susceptible sandstone, has weathered back from its original position in the vicinity of Hilton to its current station at Giant’s Castle, leaving in its wake a rich endowment of minerals in the valleys of our neighbourhood.
The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 3-year-olds and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 - 6th March 2016.
If Vancouver can get on track in the manner expected, he could play a part in furthering the growing regard for racing in Australia that exists here.
I once asked John Oxx if he could explain why horses in Australia seemed to be capable of winning over such a wide variety of distances. "Perhaps they have better trainers there," he offered, but I'm sure neither of us believed that. There are just different philosophies, and trainers here rarely feel the need to switch a horse proven at one distance to have a shot at another. - Tony Morris
We know we've devoted a lot more to the Ready To Run Cup than we have to these epic international events today. yet at a time of a 150 year drought and with good news about as scarce as flying pigs, this was a weekend to celebrate.
Our prime focus this weekend will be the Ready To Run Cup of course, where 13 of the finalists going to post were graduates of our entry at the same sale in October a year ago.
Timing in this game is everything, and when you're going into a sale, there's nothing better than a good update. The Summerhill offering at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale (Sunday 18th October) includes four sons and daughters of Australia's best stallions of the current era, Lonhro, Exceed And Excel, More Than Ready and High Chaparral.
The racing man who's had more said and written about him than most of us together, was finally laid to rest at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the occasion was attended by leading racing identities, politicians, friends and family, filling St Mary's for the service led by Anthony Fisher, the Archbishop of Sydney. Bart Cummings' son Anthony, a Group 1 winning trainer in his own right, delivered the eulogy.
With all the tributes pouring in from around the world on the passing of the late, great Bart Cummings, I’m reminded of a few more “one-liners”.
“Bart” was James Bartholomew Cummings. He was born into an Irish/Catholic racing family in South Australia, a man with no hobbies, father of five, virtual non-bettor, a one-time choir boy. He had a great mane of black (eventually silver) hair, a generous mouth and eyebrows that appeared to be climbing in search of a trellis. More important than any of this, he may have been (and there is no sensible way of proving these things) the finest racehorse trainer the world has ever known.
The latest "coup" in John Messara's term is the announcement by the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, that the government intends realigning its take-out of the betting turnover in NSW with that applicable in Victoria and Queensland.
"This is the story of a valley. It is a valley that has sometimes known flood and fire, but seldom famine. For it is a valley of lush, green springs and golden summers. Its sweet waters, its abundant pastures and sheltered timber are ringed about by steep ramparts. Winter cannot disturb its calm. One could search the world for such a place.
"We should never confuse brains with a bull market; Wall Street's graveyards are full of investors who were right too late. - Mick Goss"
Headed by champion sire More Than Ready (Southern Halo), Australia's Vinery Stud announced the 2015 fees for their roster of 11 stallions.