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Our latest addition!
Delegance x Written Tycoon foaled 12.10.16
Foal for Delegance
Clanbrooke's own city winning mare Delegance, has foaled a Chestnut Filly to Victoria's leading Stallion Written Tycoon last week. Mother and ... Read More
Congratulations to the Western Bulldogs who defeated the Sydney Swans in this years AFL grand final!
This colt is one of the last progeny of son of DANEHILL - COMMANDS
The late COMMANDS was a full brother to Champion three-year-old DANEWIN and placed in the G1 Galaxy S. as well as the Caulfield Guineas [G1], despite ... Read More
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Following closely on the Premier sales at Oaklands where we ended up with four lovely yearlings, Clanbrooke had a sensational day at Kyneton today. With only two runners, we saluted in the two opening races with Lucky Leslie ( by Stryker ) and Sherpa Trail ( by Magnus ) who both opened their winning accounts. We have always had a very high opinion of Sherpa and the way he handled a very crowded field on the home turn and then sprinted quickly was the sign of a promising horse. Leslie on the other hand is still prone to doing a lot wrong but keeps improving each start. Onwards and upwards for both of them.
'Tis the Season
This weeks marks the beginning of the Melbourne sales season at Oaklands. For us at Clanbrooke it is like Grand Final Week ( although nothing will be as good as the mighty Bulldogs taking the 2016 flag ) and the culmination of a couple of months hard slog visiting countless Farms and Studs to inspect the yearlings. We are going into this years sales with a lot of confidence. Our work over the last few years has borne fruit in the last few months and with basically nothing from last year's purchases left, we need to replenish the stocks. Quite a number of stallions have impressed us but this can change once we get to Oaklands for second and third inspections. The next two weeks will be all go for Kevin, Chris and myself.
We have already purchased fillies from the Magic Millions - by So You Think - and from Karaka - by All Too Hard - and there are only a few shares left in them already. So keep an eye on the Sales results to see what we have found and contact us for pricing.
And the beat goes on ....
Following on from our terrific form through November and December, the Clanbrooke winners have continued to come in the New Year. The year opened with our high-potential 3YO filly Go Gracey saluting at Mornington at way over the odds. Gracey has now won her last two starts from only three career runs and looks to have a real future. January 7 saw our bold Chestnut, As Bad As Tyson, ran them ragged in a BM64 at Kilmore. He looks to have worked his way into a city race in the near future. There's never been a better time to come racing with Clanbrooke. See our list of winners for this year at the bottom of this page and make up your own mind.
Our Best Month EVER
December 2016 will go down as Clanbrooke's most successful month in our 20 year history. We scored on no less than 6 occasions and only narrowly missed another winner yesterday when Dalrada went under by half a head. What is extraordinary about the result is that the wins were achieved by 5 individual horses - Northkape won twice at her first two runs from a spell - and all winners were 3YO's. This surely is a sign to our near future with all these horses nowhere near maturity and they will be supplemented by the likes of other promising 3YO's in Sherpa Trail, Lucky Leslie, Iowafortune, Let's Make Whoopi and Rosie Rocks as we head into the Autumn.
What is even more extraordinary is that all the ten 3YO's mentioned above except for Whoopi, cost less than $25k! So now is the time to think about the 2017 Sales and what you would like to do. Clanbrooke will be at all the major sales but more than likely be active at the Sydney Classic, Melbourne Premier, Adelaide MM and the Melbourne VobisGold Sales. We will be looking for horses in the usual cost bracket that we work in and have success in. If anyone is interested in getting in on the ground floor with the choice of horses we will be looking at, please contact us.
Oh what a feeling ...
December is the time for giving - and receiving. For many of our owners it has been a great month for receiving. The last 10 days have yielded 4 individual winners -
Irish Rose - by Fastnet Rock and trained by Pat Carey
Jvala - by Artie Schiller and trained by Mitch Beer and Max Hinton
Northkape - by Kaphero and trained by Robbie Griffiths
Go Gracey - by Bel Esprit and trained by Mitch Beer and Max Hinton ( only just transferred from Brian Cox)
All these horses have shown tremendous potential and it is now starting to come to the surface. Next week we will showcase another big potential horse - Toorak Cowboy - at Sandown and the story may get even better. And the best thing for our owners is that none of these horses cost more than $20000 ( Irish Rose is on lease ) so it once again proves the point we continue to stress - you don't have to pay big money to get a good horse.
First G1 for Helmet
Darley's triple Group I winner Helmet sired his first Group I winner overnight in France with the Godolphin runner Thunder Snow bolting away to capture the Group I Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in a breeze. A Darley homebred prepared by Saeed bin Suroor, Thunder Snow was partnered by Christophe Soumillion and had good form coming into the race having been twice second in Group II events and a solid fourth in the Group I Dewhurst Stakes to star Galileo colt Churchill.
He relished the soft ground to cruise home and win the seven furlong contest by five lengths in a dominant display.
Thunder Snow is the fourth stakes-winner from four foals to race from remarkable producer Eastern Joy, a half-sister by Dubai Destination to Group I winner West Wind. Outside of Thunder Snow, Eastern Joy is also the dam of Group II winner Ihtimal, Group III winner First Victory and stakes-winner Always Smile.
Thunder Snow is the second stakes-winner for Helmet, who is also the sire of Australian based Group III winner Archives.
A brilliant son of Darley's champion sire Exceed and Excel, Helmet stands at Darley Victoria at a fee of $16,500.
Foal for Delegance
Clanbrooke's own city winning mare Delegance, has foaled a Chestnut Filly to Victoria's leading Stallion Written Tycoon last week. Mother and daughter are both well and the Stud reports that the filly has got her father's colour and her mother's temperament. For those who remember Delegance, she needed a tranquiliser to even get a tongue-tie on and her first two foals have both had the same attribute. With Written Tycoon now standing at close to $50000, the Syndicate is looking forward to having to make the ultimate decision of racing or selling.
Ride Guide - But not for Owners
It has been a volatile couple of weeks for racing in Victoria but none more so for owners as the furore caused by the jockey inspired Ride Guide which was broadcast nationally on July 16 and just as quickly quashed by the Vic and NSW Stewards last week. Ride Guide in summary, has jockeys giving general and sometimes specific information to customers of Corporate Bookmaker Ladbrokes - for payment.
What seems to have been mainly lost in the discussions so far is the position of the Owner. Jockeys riding trackwork are paid for their services and although I am only a bush lawyer, this payment in fact creates a contract between trainer and rider and by extension because ultimately the fee is paid by the owner, the owner becomes a third party to the agreement. Like any contract between employer and employee, there is the matter of Intellectual Property gleaned during the term of the contract and the subsequent privacy of this information. We do have to acknowledge of course the difference between general and specific information being handed out but where one finishes and the other starts can be somewhat cloudy. Will this eventually just then become a thinly-veiled tipping service - giving rise to shades of the Chris Munce episode in Hong Kong of a few years ago! In the case of Ride Guide, the passing on of information to the public at large discussed between trainer and jockey is fraught with danger. The fact of life is that the Owner and Trainer pay the bills and are entitled to be protected by the law. The IP created needs to be preserved.
A major discussion point also seems to be the sale of this information via a Company set up by the Jockeys to co-ordinate the venture. Whilst no-one can have any problem with jockeys seeking to increase their income, it surely can't be done using the IP belonging in part to someone else. The Stewards have instantly taken a hard line saying among other things, that the fact that a Bookmaker is actually paying the Jockeys is a bad look for the Industry and will lead to a loss of confidence in the Industry. I would have thought this is a given. Do we need any more bad press at the moment?
This whole episode seems to have been created without due process as obviously the Racing Authorities and the Owner organisations knew nothing about it. No doubt, there is a lot of water to go under the bridge for it to go any further and probably as usual, the Legal Eagles will be the biggest winners. We would urge all owners to think about the ramifications of something like this project as it may be the embryo of other ideas that could also affect our place in the structure of the Industry.
Trent Pennuto scoops the pool at Swan Hill
A regular visitor to the Swan Hill Carnival, one of our trainers - Trent Pennuto - had a massive weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Saddling up four horses, he scored with all four including Clanbrooke's Where To Next ( Good Journey ex Race The Heart). A fantastic training effort from Trent who is based in Mornington and has been with us for the best part of a dozen years. In true trainer's style however, he rued the missed opportunities on Friday when he said his two runners 'should have won' but for pilot error. No pleasing some trainers!
Top Yearlings for Sale
Clanbrooke has a number of quality yearlings for sale. From this year's East Coast Sales, we have shares available in the following -
Street Boss Filly - this Sire has really hit his straps in the last 12 months and we are lucky to have purchased a really nice filly by him. This year he has been represented by The Quarterback - G1 VRC Newmarket S. - and the flying filly Petits Filous. The dam of our filly is the G1 placed Trinity College. A top pedigree to match the top conformation. To be trained by Mitch Beer and Max Hinton at Mornington.
Bel Esprit Filly - what can you say about a filly by the great Victorian Sire in Bel Esprit. We can't forget the near immortal Black Caviaar and this filly has Black-type all over her pedigree page. A stunning walker who will train-on into a nice three year old. Jason Warren will steer her from his near Mornington stables.
Helmet Colt - First foal of a Black-type winning mare. This colt was an outstanding type at the Sales and contrary to local opinion, they have started to show 2YO form. His first five runners in the Northern Hemisphere have resulted in 4 winners and a second. They are the figures of a first-year stallion that any stud in the world would want. This colt has thrown sharply to his sire with great markings. Mitch Beer and Max Hinton are looking forward to this bloke arriving at Mornington.
Our Horses for Sale page gives you far more detail but this trio forms the basis of this year's Clanbrooke offerings. In each of the horses, the Trainer has retained a share which has to say something about their confidence in the horses.
ReadyTo Run - Literally
Clanbrooke and MBH Racing - Mitch Beer and Max Hinton - have a very nice MORE THAN READY gelding available for immediate sale. The horse is in full work and has already won in excess of $80k.A win and second at two of his last three starts, this horse is a 'no-brainer' to return your share price quickly. For more info, contact the office.
Huge Stallion Opportunities
The Bloodstock arm of Clanbrooke Racing is very pleased to be able to offer Breeders a wonderful chance to breed to some of the best Sires in Victoria at a fraction of the advertised prices. All you need to do is contact us and we will set the ball rolling for these stallions -
Bombora Downs - Jungle Ruler, The Rock, Lago Delight, Annenkov
Riverbank - Astronomer Royal, Von Costa De Hero, Redente, Hillman
Swettenham - Equiano, Americain, Puissance De Lune, The Wow Signal
Rosemont - Toorak Toff (50% off !! ), Starcraft
If you have a mare and have not made up your mind, contact us now.
Clanbrooke Racing Garners Owners Award
Members of the Thoroughbred Club of Australia, an association of owners throughout Australia, came together recently to celebrate the end of the 2014-145 racing season and to announce the winner of the 'Thoroughbred Club of Australia Owner of the Year Award'. That honour went to syndicator Clanbrooke Racing, headed by Dean Humphries, who will be presented with his award at a Caulfield Cup Day luncheon on-course. The award is based on each member nominating a stable of four of their horses with points accrued based on results throughout the year. Notwithstanding the achievements of their four nominated horses, statistics reveal that Clanbrooke's winning strike rate, from their entire stable, was better than every trainer in Victoria, bar one – Ciaron Maher (19.76%). During the past racing season, Clanbrooke Racing achieved an amazing strike rate with 18.7% winners and 39.6% placegetters from a total of 139 runners. Clanbrooke Racing, whose yearling purchase prices average around $30,000, rose to national prominence with $22,500 yearling buy Arapaho Miss. The daughter of Danehill Dancer won the Gr1 VRC Oaks, earning her syndicate over $710,000 in prizemoney before being sold for $600,000 as a broodmare. (courtesy Breeding&Racing Friday, 28th August 2015)
Thinking of buying a share - try these facts ....
We have talked in the past on this page about their being no need to spend a lot of money in the hope of getting that next good horse. Each year, Clanbrooke has been able find that elusive horse to give us fun without it costing the national debt. We are always on the lookout for VALUE FOR MONEY. Look at the list below and you will see a number of current horses in our stable that represent great buying value. And in addition, we would challenge any Training establishment or Syndicator for that matter to better our numbers for this racing year -
Winners to Runners - 20%
Placegetters to Runners - 40%
As they say in the Classics - the numbers don't lie !!
EMISSION Cost $10000 3 Times G1 Placed, G2 & G3Winner
ARAPAHO MISS Cost $22500 G1 winner VRC Crown Oaks ($1m)
SAHARA NIGHT Cost $4500 7 Wins and $117k prizemoney
LIBERTY LEAD Cost $50000 SW of Tas. Derby and P/M $98k
PURRPUSSFUL Cost $10000 3 Starts for 1 win and $17k P/M
KAREEMING Cost $5500 6 wins and $197k P/M
REARVIEW Cost $16000 3 wins and $49k P/M
GREDINGTON Cost $22000 6 starts Black Type and $104k P/M
NORTHKAPE Cost $5500 2 starts for 1 win and $76K P/M
ALLANTHUS Cost $20000 Stakes Placed and $209k P/M
That's PRIZEMONEY OF $2127k for an OUTLAY of $176k - 12 TIMES THE PURCHASE PRICE.
THAT'S VALUE IN ANYBODY'S LANGUAGE!
Horses Currently Available
Sire: Commands Dam: Manang
AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED –
this is one of the last progeny of son of DANEHILL -
The late COMMANDS was a full brother to Champion three-year-old DANEWIN and placed in the G1 Galaxy S. as well as the Caulfield Guineas [G1], despite s...
|Lucky Leslie||Apr 01||7||Bairnsdale||Field|
|Sherpa Trail||Apr 02||5||Ballarat||Field|
|Lucky Leslie||Apr 02||6||Ballarat||Field|
|Let's Make Whoopi||Mar 30||4||Racing.Com Park||Field/Form|
|Sherpa Trail||Apr 01||8||Bendigo||Field/Form|
|Sherpa Trail||Apr 01||7||Morphettville Parks||Field/Form|
|Sherpa Trail||Mar 06, 2017||2 - Kyneton||0.50||Ryan Maloney|
|Lucky Leslie||Mar 06, 2017||1 - Kyneton||0.20||Ryan Maloney|
|As Bad As Tyson||Jan 07, 2017||6 - Kilmore||1.80||D Moor|
|Go Gracey||Jan 01, 2017||7 - Mornington||0.20||Ryan Maloney|
|Northkape||Dec 30, 2016||5 - Cranbourne||0.80||Nathan Punch|
|Toorak Cowboy||Dec 21, 2016||2 - Sandown-Hillside||0.10||R Mc Leod|
|Go Gracey||Dec 17, 2016||2 - Colac||1.50||Dean Holland|
|Northkape||Dec 10, 2016||6 - Cranbourne||1.80||Nathan Punch|
|Jvala||Dec 09, 2016||1 - Moe||3.00||Ryan Maloney|
|Irish Rose||Dec 02, 2016||2 - Mornington||1.00||R N Booth|
|Purrpussful||Nov 08, 2016||7 - Mornington||0.20||Patrick Moloney|
|As Bad As Tyson||Nov 06, 2016||5 - Benalla||2.80||D Moor|
|Autograph||Oct 10, 2016||6 - Racing.Com Park Syn||0.20||C Newitt|
|Dalrada||Oct 06, 2016||4 - Bendigo||1.30||Ms L J Meech|
|Where To Next||Jun 11, 2016||8 - Swan Hill||0.80||C A Robertson|
|Jvala||9||Mar 29, 2017||8 - Sandown-Hillside||8.20||Ryan Maloney|
|Lucky Leslie||9||Mar 25, 2017||8 - Mornington||15.20||Jordan Childs|
|Northkape||2||Mar 10, 2017||5 - Cranbourne||0.50||Nathan Punch|
|Go Gracey||7||Mar 08, 2017||6 - Ballarat||8.50||M J Dee|
|Sherpa Trail||1||Mar 06, 2017||2 - Kyneton||0.50||Ryan Maloney|
|Lucky Leslie||1||Mar 06, 2017||1 - Kyneton||0.20||Ryan Maloney|
|Gredington||7||Mar 01, 2017||7 - Sandown-Lakeside||8.90||Beau Mertens|
|Northkape||11||Feb 24, 2017||8 - Moonee Valley||5.90||Nathan Punch|
|Lucky Leslie||9||Feb 24, 2017||3 - Werribee||4.50||Ryan Maloney|
|Go Gracey||9||Feb 17, 2017||5 - Moonee Valley||3.90||Ethan Brown|
|Gredington||9||Feb 15, 2017||5 - Sandown-Lakeside||7.60||Ryan Maloney|
|As Bad As Tyson||6||Feb 06, 2017||5 - Seymour||4.60||D Moor|
|Lucky Leslie||7||Jan 29, 2017||2 - Geelong||3.90||Ryan Maloney|
|Lily's Reward||3||Jan 28, 2017||1 - Mornington||5.70||Ms L J Meech|
|Rosie Rocks||9||Jan 28, 2017||3 - Mornington||8.40||Ethan Brown|