Ladies Day In The Sun … The Magic Of Racehorse Ownership

Racetrack success can be measured in many ways. Times. Margins. Group victories. Prizemoney.

But then there is the intangible. The sheer emotion – the thrill – of owning the winner of a $2 million race.

Few get to experience it, but therein is the allure. The Grail trail.

Katie Thompson and her fellow, female owners of Sunlight certainly got to experience it on Saturday when their filly captured the Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1200m on the Gold Coast.

Despite the hot sun – literally and figuratively – thousands had packed into the Gold Coast racecourse, with many, many thousands more watching (enviously) on telly.

Leading into Saturday’s race, Sunlight had won two of three outings: finishing third on debut in the Listed Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington in October before resuming on the Gold Coast in December with a five length scamper over 900m and, in an ideal leadup, was equally dominant over 1100m there on 6 January. Both Gold Coast wins were class records.

Sure, barrier 12 for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic might not have been the best of draws, but Sunlight was still sent out a marginal favourite ahead of the (previously) unbeaten pair of Ef Troop and Jonker.

Although Ef Troop was the tearaway leader from the jump, Sunlight loomed shortly after turning for home and, in a matter of strides, it was all over bar the shouting. And shout they did.

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What a tremendous advertisement for racehorse ownership this is. Katie Page, wife of Magic Millions principal, Gerry Harvey, initiated a bonus in 2012 whereby connections of the first four ‘all female owned or leased horses’ past the post in the 2YO Classic would receive a share of $500,000 … $325,000 for first.

It has inspired the formation of a large number of female owned horses: most notably the dual Group One winner, Global Glamour (by Star Witness), that is raced by 40 women from seven countries.

And it inspired Katie Thompson too, although it could be said she has a closer connection to Sunlight than most.

Wife of Widden Stud’s owner, Antony Thompson, Katie has been associated with Sunlight from early days, as the filly – a daughter of Widden’s resident stallion, Zoustar – was foaled down at their property.

“I didn’t have a great deal to do with Sunlight before she was prepped for the (2017) Gold Coast Magic Millions, but she was always a lovely type and had this real attitude about her,” Thompson reveals. “She can get a bit feisty alright.

“After Tony (McEvoy) purchased her for $300,000 with Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland and Aquis Farm, a few of us decided to keep a share. We’ve long had a close association with Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and Qatar Racing, co-breeders of Sunlight, so his assistant racing manager, Hannah Wall, is a shareholder: in fact, Antony and Sheikh Fahad’s bloodstock manager, David Redvers, purchased Sunlight’s dam, Solar Charged, from the 2014 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.

“Another co-breeder in Dan Fletcher is from Emerald in Queensland and has been a very good client of Widden’s over the years, so he put in his wife and daughter, while Tony Fung’s wife, Loretta, is a shareholder as well, along with a couple of Tony McEvoy’s clients.

“It’s a nice, little group and been a great ride so far.”

Definitely a day Thompson won’t forget in a hurry …

“It was one of those times when you wish the day was 12 hours longer,” Thompson points out. “After the races, Widden sold a Snitzel filly for $1.1 million, capping off a brilliant week.”

Two days prior to the big race, McEvoy had purchased the full sister to Sunlight from Widden for $600,000 and Thompson explains that the same ownership group will race this youngster too.

“She (the yearling) is very much in the mould of her big sister,” Thompson adds. “Similar conformation and the same kind of attitude. Hopefully lightning can strike twice.”

Sunlight will now seek to emulate 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, Capitalist, who went on to capture the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, but will first have a few more “swims” in Queensland before heading for a short break in the paddock.

Win, lose or draw come Slipper day, Sunlight has proven to be a tremendous launching pad for her sire, Zoustar, according to Thompson: “To win a race of this stature with your first crop is amazing … we were confident the Zoustars would develop into really nice 3YOs but to get such a good winner this early from only a handful of runners … well, that’s pretty special.

“Hopefully he can emulate his sire (Northern Meteor) and grandsire (Encosta de Lago) by becoming Champion Australian First Season Sire.”

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Sunlight Cruises To Massive Payday in Millions Classic

Brilliant filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged) overcame some early interference to post a dazzling win for Tony McEvoy and Luke Currie in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

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Three of the favoured runners – Sunlight and undefeated colts Ef Troop and Jonker  - were involved in the incident about 200m after the start but it was the Victorian filly the stood up best, powering away to score by two lengths over Stuart Kendrick’s 100-1 outsider Fullasaboot (Sepoy-Fullazz).

Tom Seymour & Julian Blaxland

Tom Seymour & Julian Blaxland

McEvoy said the decision to campaign Sunlight in Queensland – the filly won two races on the Gold Coast after a debut defeat at Flemington in November – was the hallmark of Saturday’s victory.

The veteran horseman, who combined with Aquis Farm and Julian Blaxland's Blue Sky Bloodstock to purchase Sunlight for $300,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, parted with $600,000 to secure her full sister at the sale on Friday.

“It’s a big thrill and it’s brilliant for our brand, what a great filly,” McEvoy said.

“The key was getting her here when we did, she’s been able to acclimatise and handle the heat really well.

“Having the preparation where she ran up here last week, when the high pressure was on today she lifted late.

The win was bolstered by the fact Sunlight is owned entirely by female connections, who secured an additional $325,000 as part of the Magic Millions’ Racing Women promotion.

Trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie

Trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie

Julian Blaxland & Aquis Farm's Kacy Fogden

Julian Blaxland & Aquis Farm's Kacy Fogden

It was the third time the winner of the 2YO Classic picked up the Racing Women bonus with this year's $1.525 million winners’ cheque the biggest in the 32 year history of the Magic Million 2YO Classic.

The victory gave Currie another feature scalp for McEvoy – the pair boasts a 15% winning strike rate over the past two racing seasons – and the Group 1-winning jockey again praised the stable’s preparation of the filly.

“She came here with the weight of expectation today and she’s proved all of her fans right,” Currie said.

“She’s been expertly trained by Tony to bring her up here early and give her those couple of runs.

“I learned a lot getting beat on her in her first start, probably more than what I have in her past two wins.

“I rode her down the straight and held her up a bit and I just think she’s too brilliant for that and she’s proven that in her last couple.”

Sunlight pictured as a yearling in the Widden Stud draft

Sunlight pictured as a yearling in the Widden Stud draft

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Blue Sky Bloodstock Active On Day 1 Of Magic Millions

Kicking off early in the day with Lot 28, the Manhattan Rain colt was secured from the draft of Fairhill Farm (As agent). Purchased in conjunction with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the colt is out of a Danasinga half-sister to Pottinger and comes from the family of Group 1 winner Sky Cuddle.

Lot 28: Manhattan Rain x Le Clercq  colt

Lot 28: Manhattan Rain x Le Clercq  colt

Twenty lots later the team was back in action with Glastonbury Farms (as agent)’s Lot 48, the exciting More Than Ready colt out of the Bel Danoro mare Ma Joie, from the family known all too well to Waterhouse as Sunday Joy and More Joyous are in the family, as is another Group 1 winner trained by the stable in the All Aged Stakes winner Arlington Road.

From the draft of Musk Creek, the very vendor that Waterhouse purchased Pierro from, Blue Sky Bloodstock and the Waterhouse/Bott team secured a Lot 58, a colt by Hinchinbrook.

From a family know all too well to her trainer, this colt is out of a half-sister to the dam of Group 3 winner Sweet Redemption, and is also grandson of the Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Danglissa, both trainer by Waterhouse.

Lot 58: Hinchinbrook x Maglissa colt

Lot 58: Hinchinbrook x Maglissa colt

Everybody loves a grey, and Lot 102 fitted that bill. Purchased in conjunction with the Waterhouse and Bott training partnership as well as Andrew Williams Bloodstock, the Newhaven Park secured filly is by Champion Sire More Than Ready out of the Intikhab mare Moone's My Name, a Listed-winning, Group 3 placed half-sister to Listed winner Baby Strange.

Lot 102: More Than Ready x Moone's My Name filly

Lot 102: More Than Ready x Moone's My Name filly

No Evidence Needed was a tough and consistent Group 2-winning, Group 1 placed daughter of Shamardal and her Sniztel colt from the draft of Baramul Stud who sold as Lot 133 was a must have for the buying partnership.

By a Champion Sire out of a Group 1-winning mare who has already produced a stakes performer, Lot 172 from the draft of Coolmore was one the partnership was not going to let slip through.

The imposing colt by Fastnet Rock is out of the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara winner Pear Tart, and her first foal, a full-sister to this colt is he Group 2 performed Italia Bella. It is also the family of I Am Invinvible’s Group 1 winner I Am A Star and Dubawi’s Champion Erupt.

Lot 172: Fastnet Rock x Pear Tart colt

Lot 172: Fastnet Rock x Pear Tart colt

A few lots later Lot 178, a New Zealand bred colt by Holy Roman Emperor out of the Encosta de Lago mare Phocis was secure for a Blue Sky Bloodstock client. From the family of Group 1 winner Just Momente and Vancouver, the well-related colt comes from an exciting speed family.

Lot 178: Holy Roman Emperor x Phocis colt

Lot 178: Holy Roman Emperor x Phocis colt

The final purchase of the day came towards the end of the session when Waterhouse and Bott teamed up once again with Blue Sky Bloodstock for Lot 237, the I Am Invincible colt out of the stakes winner Rich Megadale.

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Secured for the 2018 Blue Sky Bloodstock Colt Club, the colt is the first purchase for the club, but wont be the last, with another nine colts to be purchased throughout the yearling sale season.

Stay tuned for more purchases on Thursday from the Blue Sky Bloodstock team, and if you have any questions on any of the yearlings purchased, please click HERE for out Contacts.

Watch a review of day 1 of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Blue Sky Bloodsotck's Julian Blaxland and Tom Seymour below.



Sunlight First, Daylight Second!

Northern Meteor's champion son Zoustar is the sire of exciting filly Sunlight, who blitzed her rivals to win in scintillating time at the Gold Coast on Saturday in a stunning dress rehearsal for the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic next week.

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Stakes-placed at Flemington at her only start in the spring, the Tony McEvoy trained filly won easily at the Gold Coast before Christmas over 900 metres and looked every inch a top class juvenile when winning the $60,000 Follow @aquisfarm On Twitter over 1100 metres.

She led for Luke Currie with the Waterhouse and Bott trained runner Terminology in close attendance, but with a furlong to run was in a class of her own.

Sunlight (image Magic Millions) zipped away to win by four and a half lengths under her own steam running the trip in 1:02.48, which was more than a second and a half quicker than Houtzen did when winning the same race last year.

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Houtzen backed up seven days later to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and connections will be hoping to see Sunlight do the same.

"That was an easy one to watch," said Tony McEvoy.

"She's a high class filly. It will be interesting to see how she's handled that, but I think this race will really bring her on.

"I wanted her to feel like a local. Now she's had two good looks at the track and she's ready."

A $300,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Widden Stud draft for Aquis/McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock, Sunlight runs for a ladies syndicate headed by Mrs Fung and has now won $92,200.

"She's feisty like all the good girls," revealed Tony McEvoy.

"She likes her own space and will bare her teeth at you, but once she lets you in, she's kind and honest, a lovely filly."

Sunlight is poised to give the 'boom' colts Ef Troop and Jonker a good run for their money with first season sires Spirit of Boom and Zoustar accounting for the three standout favourites this year.

Bred by Widden Stud in partnership, Sunlight is a half-sister to Group III placed Sheikha and is the third winner from former speedy filly Solar Charged, winner of the Group III ATC Kindergarten Stakes at her second start.

Magic Millions Run Continues With Whiskey Shooter

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable unleashed an interesting two year-old debut winner at Canterbury on Friday evening with a fast finishing victory for Sebring filly Whiskey Shooter.

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Easy in the market and one of the smallest fillies in the field, Whiskey Shooter proved herself to be all racehorse when she stumbled leaving the gates, but recovered to score a stylish win.

She was tenacious in the run to the line for Tim Clark, catching race favourite Misteed to win the 1100 metre maiden by a head.

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"What a terrific job she's done," said stable representative Neil Paine.

"She's not very big and has plenty of growing to do.

"Gai and Adrian were happy with her last trial and thought she was ready to go to the races and they were right."

A $180,000 Magic Millions purchase for her trainers and Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Coolmore draft, Whiskey Shooter is the third winner for Group II winning Encosta de Lago mare Rocha, a daughter of Group I South Australian Oaks winner Larrocha.

It's also the family of Group I winner and Champion WA Sire Blackfriars, who died just a few weeks ago.

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Sunlight Set To Sizzle At Gold Coast Before Taking Aim At Magic Millions

Sunlight has continued to thrive in Queensland, and is poised to frank her high rating in Magic Millions betting when she has a final tune-up at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Trainer Tony McEvoy supervised a piece of work at Doomben on Wednesday and liked what he saw.

“She wasn’t sent out to do much,” McEvoy said. “I don’t need to change much. She just cruised around, she was quite casual, but used her action well, her ears were up, she was bright and she enjoyed it.”

Sunlight burst into Magic Millions calculations with a thumping 900m Gold Coast win on December 23. She goes to 1100m on Saturday, when rivals will include the highly-spruiked Waterhouse-Bott filly Terminology.

McEvoy believes she is set to peak on Magic Millions Day and expects Saturday’s race to top her off.

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“I definitely need to run her,” he said. “She’s full and well. She’s really thrived up here so Saturday will clean her up really nicely. She will be spot on after this race.”

McEvoy makes no secret he holds Sunlight in the highest regard and said “it will take a smart horse to beat her” this weekend.

“She’s pretty good,” he said. “The first mistake she ever made in her life was (on debut at Flemington). She just didn’t want to relax and got a bit excited on the day.

“It cost her the race. She had those horses beat and she just emptied the last 100 yards and allowed them to pass her. I know she’s got a little bit left in the tank because this is not her grand final and this will peak her for the race we came here for.”

McEvoy is also pressing ahead to a Magic Millions start with Crockett, who flopped as a heavily-backed commodity in last Saturday’s B.J. McLachlan Stakes.

“I gave him a bit of work at Eagle Farm (Wednesday) and he’s as bright as a button,” the trainer said. “He just had a really bad day the other day. I think he melted a bit. It was a very hot day and colts can sometimes do that.

“He wasn’t there. We all have bad days and I’m happy just to put a line through it.”

McEvoy said a scope on the colt came back “as clean as a whistle” and he was just waiting on reports from blood tests he had taken.

“But my eye told me he’s perfect and I’m just going to put it down to one of those things,” he said. “I will put a tongue tie on him, I will put a set of blinkers on him. I’ll just trick around with his training a bit in the next 10 days just to stimulate him and we will be there for the big race.”

Sunlight was purchased by Blue Sky Bloodstock, Aquis Farm and trainer Tony McEvoy from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale - pictured below as a yearling.

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Clear skies and bright Sunlight for McEvoy as filly announces arrival

THE Spirit Of Boom grip on next month’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic was loosened a shade as Tony McEvoy’s flying filly Sunlight put another first-season sire into the spotlight on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Sunlight is the first winner for Widden Stud-based Zoustar and she firmed from $15 into $7 with UBET for the Magic Millions after posting a near five-length win.

Sunlight’s official time of 50.42 seconds was significantly quicker than the 50.91sec posted by Katy’s Daughter in the other two-year-old division.

Sunlight, a $300,000 buy from last year’s Magic Millions for McEvoy Mitchell Racing and Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock, has plenty of improvement to come, according to her trainer.

McEvoy took one look at the filly after she returned to scale and said “she’ll run again” before the Millions, naming the 1100m two-year-old at the Coast one week before the $2 million Classic.

It’s the same race Houtzen won last year before claiming the Millions.

“She’s very full,” McEvoy said. “She’s just up in the body, she needs a bit more.”

McEvoy had to revert to plan-B for Sunlight after he was forced to scratch her from last week’s Calaway Gal Stakes because of the widest barrier.

“The black-type last week was the key, but given she’s not wound up yet,” he said.

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“I just was worried if she got gassed from that barrier, it might have been the end of our prep.

“When there was the alternative with the benefit of being able to have a look at the track here, the owners all said ‘go for it’. I wanted to see her let rip and I’m really pleased.

“At Flemington she got it all wrong. She overraced and didn’t use her oxygen well. Today she was nice and smooth.

“She’s growing up and learning so I’m very excited about her.”

Jockey Luke Currie won dual Group 1 races for McEvoy this year on Hey Doc and rates Sunlight as a filly of significant promise.

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“She was very impressive. Tony has always had a big opinion of her,” he said.

“She ran well at Flemington, but it might not have suited. I came back off the leader and she was a little bit uncomfortable that way.

“Rolling today, as she had done in her trial here, she was better.

“It was a big day down the straight at Flemington and she got a bit stirred up.

“I think she has improved off Flemington.

“Obviously the trip up here has brought her on a bit. She’s quite a nice filly to deal with.”

Currie said Sunlight gave him the feel that she would comfortably see out 1200m.

“She ran that race out strongly and I couldn’t see it being a worry,” he said.

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Zoustar Winner Zooms into Magic Millions Contention

Northern Meteor's champion son Zoustar broke the ice with his first winner at the Gold Coast on Saturday after exciting filly Sunlight scored an explosive victory that prompted bookmakers to put her on the third line of betting for the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic next month.

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Third in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial in early October, the Tony McEvoy trained filly was given a short break after that and tuned up for her return with a trial win at the Gold Coast on December 7.

Scratched from the Listed BRC Calway Gal Stakes last Saturday after drawing an outside gate, Sunlight ( race image Magic Millions Twitter) was a short priced favourite for the $60,000 open juvenile event over 900 metres and gave her rivals a galloping lesson.

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She led for Luke Currie and controlled the race, before opening up at the furlong to put nearly five lengths on the field in a matter strides.

Sunlight clearly had a top gear that the others did not and her overall time of 50.42 seconds was half a second faster than the other division of the same race won by Katy's Daughter.

Her last 600 metres in 32.20 seconds told the story of her win and was a second quicker than Katy's Daughter.

Bookmakers have trimmed Sunlight from $15 this morning into $8 for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and she is currently on the third line of betting behind unbeaten Spirit of Boom youngsters Jonker and Ef Troop.

McEvoy said he believed before the race Sunlight would need another run and was still of that opinion after the race.

"There is an 1100-metre race a week before the Millions and at this stage that is where we are heading," McEvoy said.

"It is great to be in Queensland with a smart filly like this one."

A $300,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Widden Stud draft for Aquis/McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock, Sunlight (pictured as a yearling below) runs for a ladies syndicate that includes Aquis Farm's Mrs Fung and has now won $52,000 in prizemoney ensuring her of a place in the field.

Bred by Widden Stud in partnership, Sunlight is a half-sister to Group III placed Sheikha and is the third winner from former speedy filly Solar Charged, winner of the Group III ATC Kindergarten Stakes at her second start.

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RAY THOMAS, The Daily Telegraph

SECRET Lady showed she was on track for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic by beating older horses in a Warwick Farm barrier trial on Tuesday.

Trainer Gary Portelli’s brilliant filly held the inside rail and led throughout to edge out the handy Goldfinch with a gap of four lengths to their chasing rivals. “I was hoping to see her take a sit but she is just too fast,’’ Portelli enthused of Secret Lady, a last start winner at Rosehill last month.

“She is coming along nicely and actually pulled up a bit big after the trial. “But that is what I like about his filly, I can aim her at a race and not worry about her losing condition.

“My worry is I have to get it (condition) off her rather than worry about her losing too much. I can give her the work she needs to be right for a race, it is a great position to be in.’’ Portelli decided against running Secret Lady in Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions in preference to trialling her at Warwick Farm ahead of her final lead-up race at Randwick on December 30.

“The fortnight from the Randwick race into the Magic Millions is so much better for Secret Lady rather than having three weeks between runs, particularly with her being such a good doer. 

“I think we are in a good spot with a good, classy filly.’’ Secret Lady will be resting in her box on Thursday when some of her main Magic Millions rivals clash in the $200,000 Wyong 2yo Magic Millions (1100m). The Wyong race has attracted eight starters including Jonkers, an impressive debut winner of the Max Lees Classic, Breeders Plate runner-up Bondi, speedy Adelaide filly La Pomme De Pin and boom first starters Terminology, Skyray and Ljungber

Whypeeo Success Is Boulevard Of Dreams

A lot of success in the thoroughbred industry can be put down to being in the right place at the right time.

Ben Duncan was definitely in the right place when attending the 2017 National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. The West Australian based breeder fancied the Fasliyev mare, Sunset Boulevard, who had produced a Group Two winner in Meliora and a 9-time winner in Daintree Road.

She was also in foal to Dundeel, with her previous Dundeel – a yearling – having made $250,000 a few months earlier.

Still, Duncan didn’t think he was in with a shot when Sunset Boulevard entered the ring …

“I thought the mare would make at least $150,000 to $200,000 which is out of my league,” Duncan explains. “I’m really only a hobby breeder and don’t pay hundreds of thousands for mares, but all of a sudden the bidding stalled at $50,000 and I managed to pick her up for $60,000.”

Less than two months later, Sunset Boulevard’s seventh foal – an I Am Invincible gelding called, Whypeeo – wins his Ballina maiden by nearly six lengths. He would then capture two of his next four outings before producing a bold display, leading throughout, to snare the Listed Funky’s Mexican Cantina Gold Edition Stakes over 1200m at Doomben on Saturday.

The Toby Edmonds trained youngster will now target the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate over the 1350m at Doomben on 30 December before a likely tilt at the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas over 1400m at the Gold Coast a fortnight later.


Even more fortunate for Duncan, Sunset Boulevard produced a cracking Dundeel colt in August.

“I’ve left the mare in Victoria and she was sent to Brazen Beau (a dual Group One winning son of I Am Invincible) but unfortunately missed and I’m just waiting to hear news on whether she’s in foal to Cable Bay,” Duncan adds.

However, while Duncan is spot on with his timing, it’s ‘time’ that’s the problem.

“I own the Australian franchise for Horserail which is used on tracks and farms around Australia,” Duncan points out. “We’ve got warehouses in Victoria and Western Australia and it keeps me pretty much on the run. Around 80% of our business is in the eastern states, but I have a 150 acre farm, Forestview, near the water at Busselton and it’s my own little slice of heaven, so I try and spend as much time as I can in this neck of the woods.

“I’ve only got the four mares, but had a little bit of success along the way … aside from Whypeeo adding plenty to Sunset Boulevard’s pedigree, I also bred the Star Witness 2YO, Kiss The Breeze, who won on debut at Belmont in September, while I also bred and race the Fath 6YO, Infathuated, who has won over $330,000.

“Kiss The Breeze is likely to target the Perth Magic Millions in February so it would be nice to have two horses win Magic Millions races on either side of the country!

“I’m not sure yet as to what I’ll do with Sunset Boulevard’s foal as in race or sell, but with the way Whypeeo is going, it’s a good position to be in.”

Whypeeo becomes the 25th individual stakes winner for I Am Invincible, who stands at Yarraman Park in NSW’s Hunter Valley at $110,000: 10 times the asking price of his initial fee of $11,000 in 2010.

I Am Invincible produced a stakes double on Saturday with the Tony Gollan trained, Most Important, notching up his third stakes victory in the Listed Night Owl Lough Neagh Stakes over 1350m at Doomben (having also won the race in 2016).

I Am Invincible ultimately produced six winners throughout Australia on Saturday and another double on Sunday.

Yarraman Park’s Harry Mitchell reckons Christmas has come early courtesy of Whypeeo and Most Important and is looking forward to 2018 where I Am Invincible will have 44 yearlings up for grabs at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and another 39 set aside for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

“He (I Am Invincible) had an incredible book of mares in 2017 … they just kept ringing me up,” Mitchell reveals. “And full marks to (Whypeeo’s breeder) Yvonne Smith who has been a great supporter of the farm over the years.

“Yvonne used to look after all the catering at the Magic Millions complex on the Gold Coast and was on the Gold Coast Turf Club committee too, but is probably best known as the part-owner of Assertive Lad who a Doncaster, a Champagne and AJC Sires’ for Gai (Waterhouse).

“The old boy is now 20 and is still full of beans running around his paddock here at Yarraman.”

Whypeeo was purchased by leading bloodstock agent, Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock, for $200,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, joining an honour roll which includes the likes of 2017 Group Two winning 2YO, Frolic, Don’t Doubt Mamma and Beneteau.

“He (Whypeeo) was just a tremendous athlete … a real stand out,” Blaxland points out. “Very good looking and typical of the I Am Invincibles.

“The Whypeeo ownership group is anchored by Mark Sowerby who is on the board of Racing Queensland and been a great supporter of Blue Sky since I kicked off 10 years ago.

“Another of the owners is Gary Diamond who has been hugely successful in the last few years with horses like Capitalist and Houtzen. I’m always happy to get him in to one of my horses as he adds three legs to them!

“As for the name, Whypeeo? Mark organised a bunch of owners that are all new to racing and which are part of YPO (Young Presidents’ Group), the world’s premier leadership organisation of chief executives.

“It’s terrific to see them get off to such a great start and even better if Whypeeo can win the Guineas.”

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Summer Crown Bonus An Option For Whypeeo

A $400,000 Summer Crown bonus has emerged as a serious option for under-rated Gold Coast three-year-old Whypeeo following the gelding’s narrow win in the Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

Whypeeo gave premier jockey Jeff Lloyd his second win of the day leading all the way to down Sydney raider Pierata by a short neck in the 1200-metre Listed feature.

Shogun Son was third, a further 2-1/4 lengths away.

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Whypeeo’s win was his fourth from six starts and made amends for his previous third in a Benchmark race at Canterbury on December 10.

“He went awful in Sydney and we had our tails between our legs after that run,” said stable foreman Trent Edmonds.

Edmonds said Whypeeo would have his next start in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in two weeks.

A decision will then be made whether he targets the final leg of the Sumer Crown series, the $2m Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Janaury 13.

“His next run will be in the Vo Rogue and that run will tell us whether he can run 1400 metres,” Edmonds said.

“I can’t see why he won’t run 1400 metres. If he can get an early lead he can get a breather midrace like they often do in Sydney.

"If he doesn’t go on to the Magic Million Guineas, he’ll go for the Magic Millions Sprint.”

A $400,000 bonus is on offer if one horse wins three of the five races in the Summer Crown series.

Racing Queensland WebNews - December 16, Images Darren Winningham

Whypeeo Adds To Blue Sky Bloodstock's Stakes Tally

It was business as usual for Yarraman Park's flagship sire I Am Invincible on Saturday with six winners for the day headed by Doomben stakes-winners Whypeeo and Most Important.

Toby Edmonds won the 2017 $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic with I Am Invincible filly Houtzen and will be looking to win the $2million 3YO Guineas with his speedy son Whypeeo, who led all the way to win the Listed BRC Gold Edition Plate over 1200 metres.

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While the race favourite Pierata was a touch slow from the gates, Whypeeo quickly took up the lead and kicked away off the home turn to open up a good margin.

Pierro colt Pierata closed hard, but Whypeeo was tenacious at the post claim a short neck win, his fourth from six starts with prizemoney in excess of $166,000.

It was a welcome return to form for the progressive gelding, who was only third as a short priced favourite at Canterbury on December 1.

"It was his first trip away (at Canterbury) and it was a windy night and he got stirred up. He was slow to jump and had to be used up early," Edmonds said.

"I knew he would be fitter and he is a smart horse when he is right."

Edmonds said Whypeeo would now run in the Vo Rogue Stakes in a fortnight and go on to the Magic Millions Guineas.

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Whypeoo's win puts him in line for a $400,000 bonus for any horse winning three select races up to and including the Magic Millions Guineas.

Pierata is also still eligible for the bonus after winning the Winning Rupert Stakes two weeks ago.

A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase for Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Yarraman Park draft, Whypeeo is a half-brother to Group II winner Meliora and is the sixth winner from six to race from terrific producer Sunset Boulevard.

Bred by Yvonne Smith and foaled and raised at Yarraman Park, Whypeeo is the 25th stakes-winner for I Am Invincible.

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Whypeeo On Trial For Magic Millions In Gold Edition Plate

Today’s Gold Edition Plate (Listed, 1200m) will determine whether promising gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible) can resurrect his planned tilt at next month’s $2,000,000 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (RL, 1400m) at the Gold Coast.

Trainer Toby Edmonds was not hiding his disappointment with the talented three-year-old, who was beaten as a short-priced favourite first up at Canterbury on 1 December, denting connections’ confidence in the horse’s ability.

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Whypeeo, who won three of his four starts in his first preparation including a victory over Gold Edition Plate rival Shogun Sun (Written Tycoon), was slowly away before working hard early to find the lead at Canterbury.

He tired late to be run down by country-trained Brockton Punch (I Am Invincible) and Prince Mayted (May’Haab), beaten just over half a length in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m).

Edmonds immediately brought the son of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) back to his home base to reassess his options, with the horse given another chance in today’s $100,000 race.

He takes on Brian Crowley Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Goodfella (Snitzel), the Kelly Schweida-trained stablemates Shogun Sun and Cellargirl (More Than Ready), who was third in the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at her last start, and the Sydney-trained colt Pierata (Pierro).

“He has got a bit of a habit of being slow out of the barriers, but we were really disappointed in his first run, to be truthful,” Edmonds told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

“We have brought him home and got him back in familiar surroundings and he looks to be going OK and we will run in the Gold Edition, which will determine where we go with him.”

Blake Shinn rode Whypeeo at Canterbury but Jeff Lloyd takes the ride today, having partnered him to his three victories.

“The 1400 metres of the Magic Millions is a question mark as well, so (today) is a stepping stone to a 1350 metre race in two weeks’ time before the Gold Coast race, so we will get a better guide in a fortnight’s time.”

Edmonds has previously compared Whypeeo favourably with Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winning stablemates Houtzen (I Am Invincible) and Red Anchor Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Eptimum (Snitzel).

“He was slowly away and he (Shinn) used him a bit early, so there were a couple of little things that went against him (in Sydney) but we are not using them. He was disappointing,” he said.

“It is black and white to me. He didn’t do what we thought he would do, so hopefully he can improve this week.”

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Pressure Comes From Within For O'Rourke

Trainer Edward O’Rourke is well aware of the pressure on him to get two high profile fillies back to winning form in the coming months.

O’Rourke will produce the first of them - former boom filly From Within - this weekend with Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic still a month or so away from trialling.

Almost year ago, under Chris Waller’s care, From Within was a dominant debut winner as a $1.45 chance at Canterbury - beating Invader and Chauffeur - and was an early Magic Millions favourite before finishing 13th as a $4 chance.

After failing in two subsequent starts she was transferred to O’Rourke, suffered an untimely splint bone injury, and he’s gone back to the drawing board.

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“My main aim is to get her back on track and going the right way,’’ he said.

“There’s a fair bit of pressure. The owners have some expectations for her but pressure is a good thing, it makes you perform.

“We are down a lot in grade and that will be a big difference to us so hopefully we can get a win on the board.’’

From Within has accepted for an 1100m fillies and mares Benchmark 70 Handicap at Canterbury on Friday night, where she has been allocated 60kg - field and form, click here.

O’Rourke has given the filly two barrier trials, the latest was a come from behind win downing Arbeitsam over 1050m on November 28.

“She’s still doing an awful lot wrong, had her head in the air charging, but she has come on from that trial,’’ he said.

“She still has a lot to learn about how to race and not burning the candle at both ends.

“It was quite obvious in her previous races, her last start in the Kindergarten wasn’t as bad but when she ran against Frolic in the Reisling she just charged the whole way in front.

“The main thing is to teach her to settle, relax and hit the line strongly. If she continues to race the way she has been she won’t finish off her races.

“We’re dropping back in grade and it’s all about confidence. We want to teach her how to win again.’’

Blake Shinn has done a lot of the work on From Within, including riding in both trials, but with Shinn suspended Kerrin McEvoy will be the pilot on Friday night.

“Kerrin has come in to ride her work since we knew Blake was suspended and he’s quite pleased with her,’’ O’Rourke said.

Meanwhile, Frolic recently returned to O’Rourke’s Randwick stable after another short break and is building up to a likely return in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) in February.

The Slipper runner-up hasn’t raced since the Sires’ Produce in April, where she ran seventh, and has had bone chips removed.


“She’s back in and is coming along nicely and will trial towards the end of January,’’ he said.

From Within (Not A Single Doubt) was purchased by Blue Sky Bloodstock from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at the Magic Millions while Frolic was and Inglis Classic Yearling Sale  purchase from the draft of Vinery Stud.

Fillies Target Magic Bonus

With both Singular Sensation and Secret Lady effectively now qualified for the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast, the all women owned pair of fillies are also in the running for a $500,000 Racing Women’s Bonus.

Bought by Blue Sky Bloodstock (BSB) for Aquis from the draft of Newhaven Park, the Steven O’Dea-trained Singular Sensation (Not A Single Doubt) is unbeaten after two racetrack appearances, winning by a combined margin of over seven lengths.

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“She should have enough prize money to get into the Millions Classic so the pressure is off us a bit. She can go out to Aquis Farm for a week on the water walker and then her next start will the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes in a month’s time,” O’Dea said.

Golden Slipper-winning trainer Gary Portelli knows a quality two-year-old when one walks into his stable, and he is confident that Secret Lady (Choisir) has the potential to mix it with the best in January on the Gold Coast in search of victory in the $2 million scamper.

Bought by BSB for Aquis and Portelli Racing for just $150,000 in Perth earlier this year, Secret Lady produced an encouraging effort on debut finishing second, before defeating the odds-on favourite on Saturday at Rosehill Garden, earning the praises of her trainer.


"I think the second horse was a bit unlucky but we were ready to go, got the job done and now we're qualified for the Magic Millions and probably qualified for a (Golden) Slipper.

"She's a really good doer, she's such a relaxed filly with a stack of ability and will only improve from here on."

Trainer Tony McEvoy will look to add a third 2YO to BSB’s arsenal, as the talented Sunlight (Zoustar), third on debut in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial, will attempt to secure enough prizemoney to make the field in the coming weeks.

While the trio are all leading chances for the 2YO contest, fellow BSB Magic Millions purchased graduates Invincible Star and Whypeeo, both by the incomparable I Am Invincible, find themselves as leading contenders for the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).

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A winner of two of five starts to date, both at Group 3 level highlighted by her most recent victory down the Flemington, winning by four lengths before a narrow second in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly exudes class and looks to be an outstanding chance in January.

Successful winning this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic with Houtzen, trainer Toby Edmonds puts the polish on out 3YO Guineas contender Whypeeo.

Breaking his maiden by five and a half lengths on debut, the gelding backed it up by winning two of his next three starts to highlight himself as a leading carnival contender.

Likely to kick of his campaign on December 2 at either Doomben or Rosehill, Edmonds is leaving plans slightly fluid at the moment.

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“Our aim was always going to be the Magic Millions­ carnival,” Edmonds said.

“At this stage Whypeeo is being set for the Magic Millions­ Guineas over 1400m but a back-up plan is the Magic Millions Sprint (over 1200m).”

With the $10 million race series available to purchases from the Magic Millions yearling sales, Blue Sky Bloodstock’s aim is always to secure prospects that can be aimed back at the lucrative prizemoney on offer and with the formation of the 2018 Elite Colts Club, BSB are on the lookout for exciting colts that can find their way into the breeding barns of leading farms throughout Australasia after their racing careers.

Colts like Pierro, Vancouver and Capitalist whose combined yearling purchase price of $575,000 equates to a combined stallion purchase price of approximately $95 million after their stellar racing careers, epitomises the opportunities available for colts from the sale.

“It’s obviously exciting for our clients to have two in the Magic Millions Classic already but we are now focused on finding next seasons gun 2YO’s. I’ve already seen over 400 yearlings catalogued in the 2018 MM Premier sale on-farm. It’s the best group of Magic Millions Colts, in particular, I’ve seen thus far, and can’t wait for the sale in January. The sale produces sires year after year and is ideally suited to our Elite Colts Club," stated Managing Director Julian Blaxland.

“It is reassuring to know that the strict yearling selection criteria we follow is working, as we want our clients owning horses that are competitive on the big days.”

With the recent release of the 2018 catalogue, the 853-strong Book 1 offers buyers an outstanding opportunity to tap into some of the southern hemisphere’s best bred and conformed yearlings.

If you are keen to find out any further information on the 2018 Elite Colts Club or how you too can be involved in the $10 million race series, please contact Blue Sky Bloodstock on

Secret Lady Books Her Ticket to Magic Millions

Gary Portelli won the Group I ATC Golden Slipper last season with She Will Reign and now has his eye on the rich $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic with promising Choisir filly Secret Lady.


Second on debut to Dynamited at Rosehill on November 11, she had the benefit of race experience when going into the $150,000 ATC Golden Gift at Rosehill on Saturday and it proved a winning edge.

With the race favourite Plague Stone slow to begin and then overracing, it was left to Secret Lady to take up the lead which she refused to surrender.

She held a length and a quarter margin over the Lonhro colt at the finish and in so doing booked her ticket to the Gold Coast.

"I was pretty confident when I saw the favourite doing a bit wrong," Portelli said.

"I think the second horse was a bit unlucky but we were ready to go, got the job done and now we're qualified for the Magic Millions and probably qualified for a (Golden) Slipper.

"She's a really good doer, she's such a relaxed filly with a stack of ability and will only improve from here on."

Secret Lady was a $150,000 Magic Millions Perth purchase from the Gold Front Thoroughbreds draft for Aquis Farm/Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) / Portelli Racing and is the second winner from stakes-winning Bletchley Park mare For Your Eyes Only.

Gary Portelli hoping Secret Lady could be the Golden Gift

Golden Slipper winning trainer Gary Portelli has more than twice as many two-year-olds on his books this season than last, but admits there are no She Will Reigns among them, although Secret Lady is showing the right signs.

The Choisir filly bought out of the Magic Millions Sale in Perth, debuted with a game second to Godolphin's Dynamited two weeks ago and returns to Rosehill again for Saturday's Golden Gift to take on another boom colt from the blue army in Plague Stone.

"I wish these horses that aren't trying to get in the Magic Millions would go away," Portelli joked. "We ran into a pretty colt first-up from Godolphin and there are certainly a lot of raps on this one as well."

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Secret Lady (pink) finishing second on her debut two weeks prior

Not that the Portelli-trained Secret Lady doesn't have her share of talent.

"She is pretty good. I would say she is definitely a Magic Millions and Golden Slipper type of horse," Portelli said. "Now I have had that Slipper winner I know there is a big difference than being good enough to be a runner and be a winner.

"Secret Lady isn't in the She Will Reign class but she is above average and this will show us if we head to the Millions or wait for the Slipper.

"She is a good doer and probably took a lot of benefit from that first run and she worked with an older horse, that is a good trackworker, on Tuesday and finished over the top of him.

"That is usually a good gauge to a two-year-old being above average."

Secret Lady is still a $4.60 chance for the Golden Gift with the money flowing for the impressive Plague Stone to have him a $1.80 favourite at Sportsbet.

She is one of the many two-year-olds to find their way to Portelli's Warwick Farm stable this season.

"I only had 15 last year and I have 40 this time and there are some nice ones among them," Portelli said.

He puts the extra numbers down to his great season last term, which delivered the opportunity of Secret Lady, which is a ladies syndicate in partnership with Aquis.

"It was funny I actually had most of my babies before She Will Reign won the Golden Slipper and this was one of them," Portelli said. "It more happened because I had a really good season and people were approaching us with horses.

"We got this filly over in Perth and it was Aquis and Julian Blaxland that came to me and said they want to do something together.

"We both liked Secret Lady and wanted to buy her and it worked out well because she went for $150,000, which was the top of my budget.

"She has lived up to what we thought of her and it would be good to get a win, which would secure her in the Magic Millions, because being a ladies syndicate horse she races for the $500,000 bonus."

Ready To Run With Blue Sky?

With an impressive record of producing 12 individual Group 1 winners of 19 Group 1 races over the past five years, the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale was the place to be this week, and Blue Sky Bloodstock were fortunate to secure outright or in partnership, six quality two-year-olds.

Off the back of an impressive Melbourne Spring carnival, trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott teamed up with Blue Sky Bloodstock to purchase an exciting pair of colts, the first Lot 26 from the draft of Ohukia Lodge Ltd.

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By Bachelor Duke, the bay colt is out of Cape Cross mare Ave Maree from the family of Group 1 winners Montmare and Journey.

The second secured in the partnership was a grey colt (Lot 199), by the multiple Group 1 winner Reliable Man from the draft of Phoenix Park. The third foal of the winning Pins mare La Grande Dame, the colt counts dual Group 1 winner Rangirangdoo as a close relation and was a must have.

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Lot 92, a bay colt by exciting sire Tavistock was the first outright purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock. From the draft of Kiltannon Stables (as agent), the colt is out of the Exceed And Excel mare Diva Down Under, a half-sister to the Group 3-winning, Group 1 placed Gobi Ranger, from the family of Group 1 winners Desert War, Laser Hawk and Romantic Touch.

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Interestingly, this exact pedigree cross has had just the single runner, the dual stakes winner Avisto.

With the announcement during the week of the passing of Pentire, the progeny of the multiple Group 1-producing sire are now in limited supply so we were pleased to purchase Belmont Farm’s Lot 97.

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The filly is out of the Catcher In The Rye half-sister to Group 3-winning, New Zealand Champion 2YO Thriller.

A few two-year-olds later and Lot 100 walked into the ring, the Nom de Jeu gelding from the draft of Mangatiti Bloodstock was one we were very keen on. He is the first foal out of the tough and consistent E Dubai mare Dubai Belle, a winner of nine races including the Group 3 Metric Mile.

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The final purchase of the sale came on day two when we secured Lot 371 from the Anzac Lodge draft.

By Statue Of Liberty, probably best known as the sire of Hay List, the bay colt is out of the Exceed And Excel mare Spring Burst, a half-sister to Group 2 and Group 3 winner Spirits Dance, who is herself a five-time winner by Statue Of Liberty – so it shows that the cross will work.

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For any enquiries on the availability of any of the purchases made over the last two days, please contact Julian Blaxland on (+61) 431 746 803, Tom Seymour on (+61) 414 896 988, or the Blue Sky office via

Lots Purchased
Lot 26: B. C. Bachelor Duke x Ave Maree - Pedigree and Breeze Up
Lot 92: B. C. Tavistock x Diva Down Under - Pedigree and Breeze Up
Lot 97: B. F. Pentire x Downloaded - Pedigree and Breeze Up
Lot 100: Br. G. Nom Du Jeu x Dubai Belle - Pedigree and Breeze Up
Lot 199: Gr. C. Reliable Man x La Grande Dame - Pedigree and Breeze Up
Lot 371: B. C. Statue Of LIberty x Spring Burst - Pedigree and Breeze Up

Singular Sensation Charges Towards Magic Millions

Booking her ticket to the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic with a brilliant victory at Doomben on Saturday was flashy chestnut filly Singular Sensation, a $250,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newhaven Park draft by Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock.


The Steven O’Dea trained daughter of Not a Single Doubt was a runaway debut winner at the Sunshine Coast on November 5 and was sent out favourite for this tougher assignment.

She made light of the heavy 10 conditions, powering clear to win the 1050 metre open juvenile event by more than three lengths.

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“She’s always been a filly we have a big opinion of,” said Steven O’Dea.

“She’s versatile and should have enough prizemoney now to get her into the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

“She’s owned by a women’s syndicate that includes Aquis Farm’s Mrs Fung , so will be aiming for the ladies bonus at the Gold Coast.

“She can go back to Aquis Farm now for a short break and we’ll look towards the Calaway Gal Stakes in about a month to get her ready for Magic Millions.”

Bred by Newhaven Park in partnership, Singular Sensation is a half-sister to Group III winner Lightinthenight and is the third winner for Tiffin, a half-sister by Grand Lodge (USA) to stakes-winners Major and Happen.

Juvenile Success For Blue Sky Bloodstock Graduates

With the two-year-old races coming thick and fast, Blue Sky Bloodstock have been extremely pleased with the way their yearling sale graduates are performing on the track.


The Tony McEvoy pair of Sunlight and Sacred Sword were both stakes placed on their debut efforts and have exciting future programs ahead of them.

Becoming the first stakes performer for her dual Group 1-winning sire Zoustar when finishing third in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial, Sunlight (pictured left) was purchased from the Magic Millions yearling sale from the draft of Widden Stud in conjunction with Aquis Farm and trainer Tony McEvoy, and will be aimed towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in January.

As an extremely valuable colt, being an Exceed And Excel three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner First Seal (Fastnet Rock), the Tony McEvoy-trained Sacred Sword made an impressive debut, going down narrowly in the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield.

Secured from the draft of Bhima Thoroughbreds, the Raffles-bred colt (pictured below) is raced by a group which includes Rosemont Stud, Aquis Farm as well as his breeders and will be aimed towards the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

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The manner in which Singular Sensation (Not A Single Doubt) destroyed her rivals on debut, when winning by over four lengths (pictured below) on debut at the Sunshine Coast has the filly headed to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic as well, a race with added prizemoney for all female ownership – exactly what not only Singular Sensation is, but Sunlight as well.

Trained by Steven O’Dea, the $250,000 yearling purchase from the draft of Newhaven Park was secured by Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock.

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Another exciting winner recently came with filly with Sugar Sizzle, becoming the first winner for Newgate Farm’s Group 1 winner Sizzling.

Secured for just $55,000 from the draft of Marquee Stud, Gold Coast trainer Anglea Plum took the filly to Murwillumbah to break her maiden.

“We obviously pleased with results so far this early in the season and with a bit better luck we might have had a stakes win or two with close results from sunlight and sacred sword for Tony McEvoy, stated Blue Sky Bloodstock Managing Director Julian Blaxland.

“Majority owners Aquis Farm deserve all the success they get as they’ve put a lot in at the sales this year. While the results so far are good, they have a number of talented youngsters I’m excited to see coming through which we’d expect to emerge at the trials and races before and after Christmas”.

With the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale catalogue set to be released in the coming weeks, if you are interested in being involved with Blue Sky Bloodstock as we head towards the sale, touch base with the office on