Black Caviar best in the world

She may be retired, but Black Caviar has topped the World Best Racehorse Rankings for the first time

Champion mare BLACK CAVIAR has been afforded her final and ultimate accolade for her achievements on the track after she topped the 2013 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (WBRR), released by the International Federation of Horse Authorities in Paris tonight (AEST).

Peter Moody’s remarkable mare joined unbeaten French filly TREVE at the top of the ratings for the first time after being named behind superstar FRANKEL in 2011 and 2012, becoming the first Southern Hemisphere-trained horse to head the listings.

Black Caviar, who stretched her unbeaten streak to 25 in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April, won all three starts during the 2013 racing season, each at Group 1 level.

In a remarkable season, the six-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit returned in February from a seven month injury lay-off to claim her third consecutive win in a race now named in her honour, the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), eclipsing Special’s 25-year-old track record in the process.

A typically dominant win in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley followed before Black Caviar farewelled Australian racing with her second win in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April.

Australia’s representative on the WBRR Committee, Greg Carpenter, said the rating assigned to Black Caviar, achieved in her wins at Flemington and Randwick, was a terrific reflection of the standard of Australian racing.

“The rankings confirm Black Caviar’s position as the greatest sprinter and the greatest female equine athlete world racing has seen in the modern era,” Carpenter said.

“In all, 51 Australian-trained horses were included in the listings and this is a great result for Australian racing and continues to show the high regard in which Australian racing is held worldwide.

“Black Caviar becomes the first horse trained in the Southern Hemisphere and the first sprinter to head the listings which is a terrific reflection of the manner in which her racing career was managed.”

Treve’s rating of 130 was achieved when claiming the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp in October, one of three Group 1 wins for the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly in 2013.

Star Japanese horse ORFEVRE and Woodbine Mile winner WISE DAN shared equal third place in the rankings on 129 with German-trained colt NOVELLIST and Japanese sprint sensation LORD KANALOA rated 128.

In addition to collecting overall honours, Black Caviar headed the Sprint division for a fourth successive year.

Aside from Black Caviar, PIERRO headed the three-year-old sprint category when he was assigned a rating of 122 in winning the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in March, the first time the race was run at Group 1 level.

The other Australian-trained horses to achieve ratings of above 120 were ALL TOO HARD (122), ATLANTIC JEWEL (122), RELIABLE MAN (122) and EPAULETTE (120).

Star New Zealander IT’S A DUNDEEL was rated 121 for his Group 1 wins in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and ATC Derby (2400m).

The Ed Dunlop-trained stayer RED CADEAUX was given a rating of 120 when runner-up in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), with the winner FIORENTE rated 119.

The 2013 WBRR take into account all performances throughout the world, irrespective of where individual horses raced or were trained, during the calendar year.

To merit inclusion in the rankings, a horse must have been rated at 115 or above in the period under review. In total 307 horses made the listings, trained in 20 individual countries, with 51 of those trained in Australia.

Total Number of Australian Trained Horses Rated 115+

2013 51

2012 51

2011 47

2010 43

2009 50

2008 36

2007/08 33

2006/07 29

2005/06 16

2004/05 9

Click here to view the full list of Australian-trained horses that made the Word’s Best Racehorse rankings.

Click here to view the full list of horses that feature in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities World’s Best Racehorse rankings for 2013.

Magic Sale Comes to a Close

The 2014 Magic Millions Carnival drew to a close on the Gold Coast on Tuesday with the final day of the sale conducted.

A small selection of yearlings went under the hammer before a racehorse and sale followed.

All up on the day almost $1 million was traded on 98 lots sold with the top price of the day achieved in the racehorse section.

Whistle Stop, offered as part of a quality draft from Darley, was purchased by leading Darwin trainer Dick Leech for $65,000.

A winner at Bendigo on December 22, Whistle Stop was sent to the sale by Darley after a strong second at Geelong last Wednesday over 1500 metres.

The Darley draft provided 10 of the top 12 prices in the Summer Racehorse Sale with other top sellers including Petrify ($45,000 to Amy Johnston), Matignon ($45,000 to Greg Hickman), Zocalos ($38,000 also to Dick Leech) and Salvaged ($36,000 to John Wall).

The top price for a yearling earlier in the day was $26,000 for Montana Park’s Reward for Effort colt from Belsoeur, purchased by Victorian trainer Frankie Stockdale.

Four other yearlings sold for prices of $20,000 or over during a short yearling session where the average price climbed from $5,442 last year to $6,672 in 2014.

The Summer Racehorse Sale, which returned a perfect 100% clearance, returned an average price of $12,934 – well up on $9,965 for the same sale last year.

Magic Millions is now preparing for upcoming sales during the next couple of months in Launceston (the Tasmanian Yearling Sale on February 13), at Belmont (the Perth Yearling Sale on February 18 and 19), at Morphettville (the Adelaide Yearling Sale from March 10-12) and on the Gold Coast (the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale on March 17 and 18).

Catalogues for the Tasmanian, Perth and Adelaide Yearling Sales are now online via the Magic Millions website. The catalogue for the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale will be online in the coming days.

(2013 Day 6 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 82 (72)
Lots Sold: 45 (43)
Lots Withdrawn: 11 (13)
Lots Passed: 26 (16)
Sale Gross: $300,250 ($234,000)
Average Price: $6,672 ($5,442)
Top Price: $26,000 ($28,000)
Sold %: 63 (73)

(2013 stats in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 77 (111)
Lots Sold: 53 (87)
Lots Withdrawn: 24 (22)
Lots Passed: 0 (2)
Sale Gross: $685,500 ($866,950)
Average Price: $12,934 ($9,965)
Top Price: $65,000 ($82,500)
Sold %: 100 (98)

Redoute’s Filly Tops Day Five on Gold Coast

A beautifully bred filly by champion sire Redoute’s Choice topped Book 2 on day five of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Sunday.

Presented by Arrowfield Stud, the filly from stakes winner Flame of Atlanta was knocked down to Prime Thoroughbred’s Joe O’Neill for $280,000.

“I purchased her for Power Thoroughbreds,” O’Neill said. “She was a stand out filly today who has a lot going for her.”

“She has a lovely hindquarter and if she does the right thing on the track she will develop into an outstanding broodmare of the future.”

A half sister to this season’s Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Not Listenin’tome, the filly is the fourth foal of the stakes winning and group performed Encosta de Lago mare Flame of Sydney.

The top price for a colt came when the Mane Lodge colt by I Am Invincible from Snippety Day sold to Magic Millions as agent for a local stable for $160,000.

All up on Sunday over $9.5 million was traded on 199 lots sold at an average price of $47,924. The clearance rate today was a healthy and always growing 83.3 per cent.

“We took more horses and naturally were concerned that this may skew the numbers,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.

“However the momentum of Book 1 rolled into Book 2 and all numbers are up across the board.”

“It was great to see the support of some of our most commercial vendors and they ended up being very well rewarded.”

“Equally the participation of some of our highest profile buyers was very pleasing to see.”

“It gives us great confidence to market Book 2 in 2015,” Cox summed up.

Today’s results came at the same time as the clearance rate for the Book 1, Day 1-4 sale which concluded last night, went past 89 per cent.

The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Carnival will conclude on Tuesday with a final smaller yearling session followed up a popular racehorse sale.


$280,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Flame Of Sydney filly (Lot 818)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Power Thoroughbreds (NSW)

$160,000 – I Am Invincible- Snippety Day Colt (Lot 704)
Mane Lodge / Magic Millions As Agent (Qld)

$150,000 – Snitzel- Pheebles colt (Lot 918)
Eureka Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / John Foote Bloodstock (Qld)

$145,000 – High Chaperral-Elegant Jewel filly (Lot 801)
Lomar Park Stud / Glen Harvey Bloodstock/Paul Moroney Bloodstock (NZ)

$135,000 – Onemorenomore-Donatella colt (Lot 796)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / PFG Racing (Vic)

(2013, Day 5 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 263 (240)
Lots Sold: 199 (160)
Lots Withdrawn: 24 (32)
Lots Passed In: 40 (48)
Sold %: 83.3 (77)
Sale Gross: $9,537,000 ($7,438,500)
Average Price: $47,924 ($46,491)
Top Price: $280,000 ($240,000)
Top Colt: $160,000 ($240,000)
Top Filly: $280,000 ($105,000)

Velrosso Sneaks Home in Magic Cup Thriller

Classy Sydney galloper Velrosso denied Phelan Ready a drought breaking feature race win when he held on to win the $400,000 Avmin – Air Charter Specialists Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on Saturday.

Velrosso and Club Command were fighting for supremacy over the concluding stages when the former Magic Million Classic and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready charged from the tail of the field.

In a head bobbing finish Velrosso got the photo by a half head in the race record time of 1 minute 20.93 seconds.

When the horses flashed past the winning post, Velrosso’s trainer Chris Waller thought he might have been pipped by his less fancied rival.

“He was aided by a great rde and he is obviously a well bred horse,” Waller said. “When Phelan Ready lunged I thought he might’ve beaten us.”

“It is great to have Gerry Harvey here to enjoy the occasions. We don’t get him here very often but thank god we have today.”

Winning rider Damien Oliver said things went to plan during the race and his classy ride just did enough to get the result in a photo finish.

“It was a good win and he had a lovely run,” Oliver said. “I always thought that he was going to win, but he took forever to get there and he only just held on in the end.”

“I actually won his first start in a race on him, as a two-year-old, and the second win has been a long time coming,” Oliver added.

The win delighted Velrosso’s breeder and part owner Gerry Harvey who bought back into the son of General Nediym after selling him to trainer Chris Waller for $240,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“This is what it is all about,” Harvey said. “It’s a great thrill to win a feature race on Magic Millions Raceday.”

With the win, his sixth in just 18 starts, Velrosso sent his earnings soaring past $522,000.

Velrosso, by former Magic Millions Classic winner General Nediym, is a full brother to Pago Pago Stakes winner Sidereus.

His half sister, the unraced Reenact mare Super Nanny, is the dam of New Zealand based winner and group placegetter Role Model.

More Than Ready Colt Tops Day Four

An outstanding colt by More Than Ready took the honours during a successful Day Four of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Saturday night.

Following on from the hugely successful raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club, a massive crowd flocked to the complex to see the next generation of racetrack star go under the hammer.

A strong session saw the average price for the sale grow to over $144,000 and the sale gross round out at over $75 million. All figures were up on last year’s sale.

Young Sydney trainer Bryce Heys went to $600,000 to secure his prized pick of the sale, the More Than Ready-Polaway colt from Newhaven Park, as agent for Twin Palms Stud.

The colt is from a stakes performed Giant’s Causeway daughter of Golden Slipper winner Polar Success and rounded out the Day 1-4 sale as the third top seller.

“Physically he was as an impressive colt as there was on the sale ground,” Heys said. “He thought he was the best colt in the sale.”

“He’s got the pedigree to back it up. He’s a generation away from a Golden Slipper winner and I bought him with a profile to graduate to that race,” he added.

Fresh off a feature race treble at the raceday earlier in the day, champion trainer Gai Waterhouse was busy again with James Harron and she snapped up the Northern Meteor-Ms Bowie colt from Musk Creek Farm.

Waterhouse will be hoping the $525,000 purchase can follow in the footsteps of another Musk Creek graduate of the sale she purchased, the former superstar youngster Pierro.

“I trained Northern Meteor for Mr Cojuangco to a Group One win and he stood at Widden Stud until his demise and yes I’m delighted to be training him,” Waterhouse said.

“Vendors presented an outstanding draft of yearlings that sold well above expectations,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

“The market was very strong and it was also very consistent. The buyers were willing to participate across all levels of the market and that created a magical vibe.”

“It’s been extremely rewarding for Magic Millions staff to conduct a sale of this nature,” Cox added.

Cox said Day Five of the sale, comprising Book 2, would present a great opportunity for buyers to compete for some top prospects at value prices.

“We’ve had so many great graduates from Day Five over the years and we’re confident there’s plenty of top prospective racehorses among them again.”

(D1-4, 2013 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 663 (660)
Lots Sold: 521 (497)
Lots Withdrawn: 61 (60)
Lots Passed In: 80 (103)
Sale Gross: $75,082,500 ($67,677,500)
Top Price: $1,000,000 ($1,350,000)
Average Price: $144,112 ($136,172)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Sold %: 87 (83)


$600,000 More Than Ready- Polaway Colt (Lot 647)
Vendor: Newhaven Park (As Agent for Twin Palms Stud) / Buyer: Ellerslie Lodge Pty Ltd/Bryce N Heys (NSW)

$525,000 Northern Meteor- Ms Bowie Colt (Lot 599)
Musk Creek Farm / Gai Waterhouse/ James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$520,000 – Lohnro- Noesis Colt (Lot 614)
Willow Park Stud / Sun Bloodstock (HK)

$450,000 Fastnet Rock- Native Song Filly (Lot 610)
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Matchem Racing P/L (Vic)

$450,000 Star Witness- Pachanga Colt (Lot 626)
Glenlogan Park / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$420,000 – Fastnet Rock- Miss Judgement Filly (Lot 579)
Cressfield / Jadeskye Racing/Gerald Ryan (NSW)

(ranked by total spend)

$8,235,000 – Gai Waterhouse / James Harron B’stock – 39 lots
$2,467,500 – Star Thoroughbreds – 19 lots
$2,315,000 – Chris Waller Racing – 10 lots
$2,065,000 – Round Table Racing / James Harron B’stock – 15 lots
$2,015,000 – Lindsay Park B’stock – 14 lots

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$286,500 – Redoute’s Choice – 10 sold
$270,167 – Fastnet Rock – 30 sold
$243,333 – Street Cry – 6 sold
$240,000 – I Am Invincible – 7 sold
$228,750 – Northern Meteor – 16 soldor