Racing's best inducted into Hall of Fame

Racing's best inducted into Hall of Fame


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Vo Rogue pictured with Cyril Small aboard was inducted into the Australian Hall Of Fame recently. Photo Steve Hart

Vo Rogue pictured with Cyril Small aboard was inducted into the Australian Hall Of Fame recently. Photo Steve Hart

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Vo Rogue, Balmerino, Hall Mark and So You Think inducted into the Australian Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame.

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He may be now deceased, but the sole entry by Redoute's Choice at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast last week fetched top price of the auction at $480,000.

Sold via Aquis Farm, the colt produced from Stravinsky mare Victoire Celebre was knocked down to Australian Stuart Boman of the UK based Blandford Bloodstock.

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Happy Clapper's former shuttling sire Teofilo was responsible for the next best price and top sale weanling filly at $425,000, which was produced from winning Redoute's Choice mare Lumina. It sold from Rothwell Park, Blandford, to Ian Smith's Taree district property Edinburgh Park Stud.

No surprises to see Yarraman Park's star sire I Am Invincible feature, when his young daughter produced from Fastnet Rock stakes winner Anatina sold for $380,000.

A clearance of 78 per cent resulted from the 439 weanlings sold (of 565 offered) for a gross of $27,876 million and an average $63,499.

Now a successful sire, So You Think (with groom Dan Krzanic at Coolmore Stud) was a recent inductee into the Australian Hall Of Fame. Photo Virginia Harvey

Now a successful sire, So You Think (with groom Dan Krzanic at Coolmore Stud) was a recent inductee into the Australian Hall Of Fame. Photo Virginia Harvey

Darley shuttle horse Frosted (by champion US sire Tapit) - who stood his first two southern hemisphere stud seasons in Victoria at Northwood Park - had a good sale with his first Australian bred filly fetching $300,000. The filly - being a half-sister to dual Group 1 winning sprinter Santa Ana Lane - sold to Aquis Farm.

Coolmore Stud's US triple crown hero American Pharoah led the way in the first crop Australian sires lists by averages, with his nine sold weanlings averaging $134,167. American Pharoah will be back this stud season again at a $66,000 fee.

Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (by Written Tycoon) was represented with 15 sold weanlings that averaged $129,667.

The four-day Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale concludes on Friday. See results in next week's edition of Tails.

Recently deceased, Redoute's Choice (with groom Joe Hickey), sired the top priced youngster at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

Recently deceased, Redoute's Choice (with groom Joe Hickey), sired the top priced youngster at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

Vo Rogue returns to the spotlight

It may be almost 30 years since his retirement, but racing wonder Vo Rogue was one of four horses inducted into the Australian Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame this year.

Winner of six Group 1 races from 1200 to 2000 metres in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Vo Rogue won many with his free rolling, front running style and with regular hoop Cyril Small in the saddle.

By Ivor Prince, Vo Rogue was trained by controversial Brisbane trainer Vic Rail, who prepared the horse to win 26 races and 23 placings from 83 starts and $3.1 million. That thrust the trio into the record books forever.

Balmerino, Hall Mark, and So You Think were also among the horse inductees.

A champion New Zealand bred racehorse by French import Trictrac, Balmerino won six stakes in Australia before embarking on a successful European campaign.

By sire Heroic, Hall Mark won the Sydney juvenile stakes and the Melbourne Cup in the same year as a three-year-old in 1933.

By High Chaparral, So You Think - now a successful stallion standing at Coolmore Stud - won 10 Group 1 races, at times partnered by Hugh Bowman.

Bowman along with New Zealand born hoop Brent Thomson (a four-time Cox Plate winner), and trainers Des McCormick, and John Meagher were other inductees. Associate inductees were former Victoria Racing Club chief stipendiary steward Pat Lalor, and Queensland based-brothers Sir Edward Williams and Sir Sydney Williams.

Triangle picnics take shape

Fourth generation Moree conditioner Peter Sinclair and Scone based approved rider Ashley Boyd, combined to make it four winners from six races at the north-western town's picnic races on Saturday.

Moree belongs to a region that conducts a series of bush picnic meets known as The Triangle.

The Triangle's next meet will be held at Mallawa on Saturday, June 8, followed by the Talmoi picnics at Garah racecourse two weeks later.

Vale Richard Bourke

Former Dubbo conditioner, Richard Bourke, known as "Dick of Dubbo", passed away recently at age 81.

Mr Bourke prepared gallopers at Dubbo for more than 30 years. Among his talents were mares Retreat's Girl and Nelara. But Mr Bourke's best competitor was Soncerie who was bred by Vince and Deidre Stein near Bathurst and by their imported sire Shining Finish. The mare won nine races and had eight placings.

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