Lauriston’s Girl Goes For Gold

Article sourced from Aushorse, published 13/08/18

Connections celebrate Just Rolling’s win at Morphettville (Atkins Photography)

It’s not hard to work out why Lauriston Thoroughbreds’ James O’Brien is pretty excited about the prospects of unbeaten 3YO colt, Just Rolling.

The Tony McEvoy trained youngster made it two from two in the Irish Race Day – 1st September Handicap over 1300m at Morphettville on Saturday and appears to have a bright future. A race replay of Morphettville R1 11 Aug 18 can be seen here

Sure, Victorian-based Lauriston didn’t retain a share in Just Rolling when selling the Sebring youngster for $330,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, but the significance of the rising galloper’s progress far outweighs monetary considerations.

After all, there’s a great deal of pride involved in this too: Just Rolling’s dam, the Encosta de Lago mare, Just Our Girl, is the first live foal of the brilliant race filly/mare, Gold Edition, which the O’Brien family raced with distinction in the mid noughties. The Champion mare’s 17 wins included a Manikato and Ascot Vale – both at Group One – five Group Twos, three Group Threes, four Listed and a whole host of Group One placings.

Sadly though, Gold Edition has had a checkered career in the breeding barn, producing just the three named foals (including an unraced 2YO) in the last 10 years.

“The great thing is that Just Our Girl was – IS – a smashing type and is turning out magnificent horses herself,” O’Brien points out. “Lauriston sold Just Our Girl to Greg Eurell for $520,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and she was owned by the same people who raced Pinker Pinker (2011 Cox Plate).

“Just Our Girl didn’t do too much on the track and her owners really weren’t that interested in the breeding side of things, so we were able to buy her back.

“Her first three covers have produced colts, by Sebring, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt and they are all outstanding athletes. The Snitzel colt was sold to Sun Bloodstock for $300,000 at this year’s (Inglis) Melbourne Premier (Yearling Sale), while her Not A Single Doubt colt will go to Melbourne for the 2019 Prem. Just Our Girl is heading to Merchant Navy this spring so we’ll be obviously keen to see what she turns out with him.”

O’Brien has closely watched Just Rolling’s two runs to date and came away suitably impressed – particularly with the win at Morphettville.

“He was caught wide on debut at Gawler, but that run on Saturday was something else: it was only a small field but 100 metres from home it appeared as if he would run a long last, but then he just finished it off so well,” O’Brien enthused. “We (Lauriston) had a very good spring last year with horses we bred winning big races in successive weeks, courtesy of Legend of Condor (Victory Vein Stakes), Global Glamour (Group Two Tristarc) and Epitmum (Telstra Stakes) and hopefully a colt like Just Rolling will kick this spring off in similar fashion.”

According to Just Rolling’s trainer, a reappearance over 1500m at Morphettville in a fortnight is on the cards before a tilt at the Listed Morphettville Guineas over 1600m on 8 September.

“If he comes through both of those races we’ll then head to Melbourne where there are a number of options including the (Group Two) Bill Stutt Stakes (won by McEvoy’s Hey Doc in 2016) and (Group One) Caulfield Guineas (13 October),” McEvoy reveals.

“I’ve had a huge opinion of Just Rolling from day one … he was the No. 1 seed in Melbourne – the best colt in the sale by a long way. I didn’t even have an ‘order’ for him and bought him purely on spec.

“I eventually filled him but then someone dropped out at the last moment and Aquis Farm took up 25%. He’s a very good colt. I’ve got another Sebring (Vinland) who showed plenty of promise, but this horse has impressed me from the start and while I thought he would get up and going as an early 2YO, we’ve just had to be a bit patient and now he’s really beginning to show us what he’s capable of.”

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Chiavari lands maiden Caulfield success

image by Quintin Lang

Chiavari has finally broken through for her maiden success at Caulfield and in doing so landed a betting plunge. The Nick Harnett-trained mare won the Ladbrokes Multiverse Handicap after being supported from $20 into $9.50.

Ridden by Jye McNeil, Chiavari held off a late challenge from Mariquita ($18) to score a three-quarter length win with Moonlover ($9) a long head away third.

Chiavari had raced at Caulfield on 13 previous occasions, for four placings, and Harnett said the mare had been unlucky on a number of occasions against better company than she met on Saturday. “She’s run some very good races here against some good horses in stakes races, so it’s good to see her breakthrough today,” he said.

Harnett, a former champion jumps jockey, trains at Pakenham having shifted to a 20-acre property at Garfield, five minutes from the racecourse. He said it suits his training style and is much quieter than the bigger training centres of Caulfield and Cranbourne.

A $50,000 yearling purchase in Adelaide, Chiavari has amassed almost $360,000 in prize money from her six wins from 39 starts. “I wish I had a few more like her,” Harnett said of his stable star.

Document Source: JustHorseRacing
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2018 Great Southern Sale – Weanlings

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present six quality weanlings at Inglis’ 2018 Melbourne Great Southern Sale which commences on Sunday, June 17.

The weanlings will be located in Barn G stables 89-94 at the Oaklands complex and paraded from Thursday, June 14.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella in Victoria prior to their departure to the sales venue.

Pic Lot Col Sex Sire Dam
B Filly Turffontein Tango Express
58 B Filly Choisir Zettfidaa
62 B/Br Colt Dissident Acceleration
193 Ch Colt Street Boss Emilydelago
400 B/Br Filly Wandjina Pride Of Encosta
488 B Filly Bel Esprit Suite Annie
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Lauriston Horses in Good Form


On Wednesday 9th May 18 SILENTZ (4g Snitzel – Inthemix by Easy Rocking) stepped out for champion trainer Darren Weir in the last at Sandown – a benchmark 70 over 1300 metres. He was ridden cold by Brad Rawiller, last and out of the picture at the top of the home straight before he reeled out two sizzling late sectionals (10.54 and 10.91) to win by more than a length. The win made it two in a row for SILENTZ who won at Echuca a fortnight earlier. A replay showing the scorching turn of foot can be seen here: Replay: Race 8 Sandown 09 May 18 


The following Saturday at Caulfield another Darren Weir trained Lauriston bred racehorse saluted in impressive fashion. Sent out as the race favourite PLATINUM ANGEL (3f Snitzel – Rapidement by Iglesia) with apprentice Ethan Brown found herself three wide in the back half of the field. After straightening she let down nicely to win comfortably by more than a length. It was the grey filly’s third career win and took her earnings to beyond $170,000. Replay: Race 8 Caulfield 12 May 18


CHIAVARI (6m Teofilo – Novagen by General Nediym) has performed admirably throughout her career for trainer Nick Harnett. Ridden among the forward group by Rhys McLeod challenges came from inside and out in the straight. But CHIAVARI was tough to outlast Strykinglee by 0.2 length. CHIAVARI’S fifth win took her career prizemoney to $280,000. Replay: Race3 Sandown 16 May 18 


Debutant CARDINET (2f I Am Invincible – Spy Catcher by Tobougg) travelled to Wodonga to chase the extra VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonus money on offer in the 2yo handicap over 1200 metres. Selected by punters as the race favourite the filly, with Jack hill on board, jumped well, and racing on pace managed to pull away in the straight to win by more than two lengths. It was an impressive start to the 2yo’s career and well placed by trainer Mick Price. The prizemoney and bonuses for the race totalled $59,000. Replay: Race3 Wodonga 19 May 18 


Other recent winners bred by Lauriston were EXPLOSIVE EVIE (4m Choisir – Corinella by High Chaparal) for Tony Sears at Beaudesert on19 May 18 and GLORY BLAZE (Magnus – Here For Glory by Dehere) at Launceston for Angela Brakey on 13 May 18.

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Lauriston’s 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Draft

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present sixteen quality yearlings at Inglis’ 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale which commences on Sunday, March 4.

The yearlings will be located in Barn G stables 59-74 at the Oaklands complex and paraded from Tuesday, February 27.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella in Victoria prior to their departure to the sales venue.

Lot Col Sex Sire Dam
2 B Colt So You Think  Paramount
25 Gr Filly Wandjina Rapidement
35 B Colt Reset Rhodamine
61 Ch Colt Street Boss Saratoga
89 B/Br Colt Brazen Beau Show Stealer
175 B Colt Written Tycoon Swift Sands
183 B Colt Choisir Tango Express
215 B Filly Dissident Write Cheek
288 B Colt Not a Single Doubt Candy Stripes
363 B Colt Brazen Beau Emilydelago
372 B Filly Written Tycoon Escobar
423 B Filly Written Tycoon Hot Novelist
449 B Colt Snitzel Just Our Girl
508 Br Filly Hinchinbrook Midnight Wine 
645 B Colt Bel Esprit Zettfidaa
705 Ch Filly Helmet Gold Copy

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Star Mares on Track for Millions

Extracted from article “Star Mares on Track for Millions” by Tara Madgwick – Breednet 29/12/17

Global Glamour won the G2 Tristarc Stakes in the spring – Grant Courtney

Magic Millions pin-up girl Global Glamour showed she was ready to rumble at the rich $10 million Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast on January 13 when cruising clear for an easy trial win at Randwick on Friday morning. A replay of the trial can be seen here

Global Glamour after her trial win. Photo by Caroline Searcy

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained daughter of Star Witness was asked for an effort this morning and powered through her 1045 metre heat to win by two lengths in 1:00.80 seconds which was the fastest heat of the morning at that trip.

Global Glamour was second beaten a neck in the 2017 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas following a super successful spring three year-old season when she won both the Group I ATC Flight Stakes and MRC Thousand Guineas.

Global Glamour was a modest $65,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm draft for James Bester It’s All About The Girls Syndicate and has won $1.3 million for her large syndicate of women owners from right around the world.

Victorian based Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm have just two yearlings for Magic Millions, but one of them is a horse that most people will want to see.

Lot 768 is a filly by Snitzel from former superstar filly sprinter Gold Edition, the winner of 17 races and over $3million in prizemoney.

A grey daughter of Lion Hunter, Gold Edition won the first running of the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes when it was previously known as the Ascot Vale Stakes and had some memorable battles with Australian Horse of the Year Miss Andretti.

It’s a fairly safe bet that this filly will make a bit more money than Global Glamour did when she walked the Gold Coast sale ring in 2015.

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2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present two quality fillies at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale which commences on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

The yearlings will be stabled in boxes QA 1 and QA 2 and paraded at the Gold Coast complex from Friday 5th January.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella in Victoria prior to their departure to the Gold Coast.


Lot 729  Bay  Filly   Brazen Beau x Five Star Belle



Lot 768   Grey  Filly   Snitzel x Gold Edition

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Group 3 Victory for Lauriston Graduate Eptimum

Lauriston Farm bred Eptimum strides away to win Group 3 race on Cox Plate Day (Mike Keating-Racing Photos)

No longer just a travelling companion, Lauriston Farm graduate Eptimum is now a solid challenger to his more famous stablemate Houtzen.

After his dominant win in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes over 1200 metres on Cox Plate Day, he will now line up (against Houtzen) in the prestigious Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day.

Eptimum (Snitzel) was a $200,000 purchase by his trainer Toby Edmonds from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Edmonds had massive wraps for him as a young horse and, early days, believed Eptimum would be the best two-year-old in his stable.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien remembers Eptimum as a yearling well, being forward and precocious enough to take to the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Lauriston Farm bred Eptimum prior to the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Eptimum had just the one unplaced run as a two-year-old before getting on the float in early Spring to accompany Magic Millions Classic winner Houtzen to Melbourne as she prepared for the Spring Carnival including the Everest.

While down here Eptimum has flown through the grades, winning a Super VOBIS maiden at Ballarat, before a solid win in at Bendigo. He then stepped up significantly to record his third win in a row with his Group 3 triumph on Saturday.

“It is staggering that he has come from a maiden to a Group 3, and to win so dominantly,” O’Brien said.

The times he ran, his sectionals were just superb…he only ran 0.02 slower than Hey Doc in the Manikato the night before, and he wasn’t even ridden right out to the line.

“Toby brought him down for some experience, and I think they have done a terrific job. I am just so excited for our farm, and excited for the mare.”

Lauriston Thoroughbreds purchased Eptimum’s dam, Paramount, as a yearling for $200,000. She is a sister to Group 1 QTC Stradbroke Handicap winner La Montagna.

Eptimum is the third foal of Paramount, who has a Not A Single Doubt two-year-old filly purchased by Aquis/Blue Sky Bloodstock for $120,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale earlier this year. The promising filly is in training with Mick Price and is apparently showing ability.

Paramount’s yearling colt by So You Think will head to Melbourne Premier Sale in March next year, and she foaled a very nice filly by Press Statement earlier this month.

And Lauriston has plenty to be excited about this Saturday with Eptimum in the Coolmore while the Lauriston bred, Gai Waterhouse trained Global Glamour is favourite for the Group 1 Myer.

“It would be really brilliant for Lauriston Farm, having won the Ascot Vale Stakes (now the Coolmore) with Gold Edition, to now have a chance of winning it again with a horse we bred.”

Lauriston Farm will be making the journey from Corinella to the Gold Coast again in January with a small but high quality draft of two yearlings.

They include a Brazen Beau filly, out of the General Nediym mare Five Star Belle and – perhaps one of the sale’s stars – a Snitzel filly out of multiple Group 1 star filly/mare Gold Edition.

Article from Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

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Eptimum Impresses in Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes

Eptimum wins the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes

Source: Breednet article titled New Stakes Winner For Snitzel by Mark Smith – Saturday, 28 October 2017

After being unplaced at his only start at two in Brisbane, the Gold Coast-trained gelding Eptimum made the trek south to earn wins at Ballarat and Bendigo before making it three on the trot in Saturday’s Group III Telstra Phonewords (Red Anchor) Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Drawing the outside barrier, Eptimum eased across to take up the running under Ryan Maloney and he was never really challenged from that point on.

After disposing of the heavily-backed Trekking before the home turn, Eptimum came home alone. He was three lengths too good for Single Bullet who finished well without threatening with Trekking a further two and a quarter lengths back in third. (photo Grant Courtney).

“We’ve got another Houtzen here”, Maloney said.

“He’swork has been first-class and I came here with a lot of confidence.

“He flew the lids, I had to do a bit of work but he switched off beautifully in the middle stages and he was just too good.”

With his first stakes win, Eptimum advances his record to 3 wins from 4 starts with earnings of $141,050.

Winning trainer Toby Edmonds said the son of Snitzel was right up there with the best in the barn.

We’ve got four horses, including Houtzen andWhypeo, and there’s been very little between them from day one.

“He’s been a little bit behind them due to maturity, so we brought him down here to do try to do that so it’s great result.”

A $200,000 purchase by his trainer from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Eptimum is the third foal of the winning Monashee Mountain mare, Paramount, who is a sister to Group 1 QTC Stradbroke Handicap winner La Montagna.

Lauriston Thoroughbred’s purchase Paramount as a yearling for $220,000.

She has a Not A Single Doubt 2yo filly that was purchased by Aquis / Blue Sky Bloodstock for $120,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Paramount has a yearling colt by So You Think and foaled a filly by Press Statement on October 17.

Eptimum becomes the 74thstakes-winner for Snitzel who marches relentlessly on to defend his champion sire title.

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Global Glamour takes out Tristarc in game fashion

Source: ANZ Bloodstock News 22 Oct 17

Dual Group One-winning mare Global Glamour (Star Witness) made a winning return to action when lifting bravely inside the final 100 metres to take out the Tristarc Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) first up at Caulfield.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained four-year-old mare, who won both the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) and Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) last spring, was sent off a $9.50 chance on her first start since she ran second in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (Gr 2, 1200m) at Randwick in April.

Her freshness was evident in the early part of the race as she took a keen hold under jockey Tim Clark, who expertly guided the mare into a prominent position in behind the front-running Savanna Amour (Love Conquers All) ($17) from a tough starting berth in barrier 13. She was produced to take a narrow advantage approaching the 200 metres, and when the runner-up Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt) ($21) drew alongside in the closing stages, she found extra to score by a shorthead, with Shillelagh (Savabeel) ($14) a further three quarters of a length behind in third.

Waterhouse was pleased to see Global Glamour gain her first success since February, and said the mare was on target for a tilt at the Myer Classic (registered as Empire Rose Stakes) (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington on 4 November. “She was a bit out of sorts months ago and she’s come right around,” Waterhouse said. “It’s hard when three-year-old fillies have to make the weight-for-age improvement but she has done that. “We brought her down to Melbourne to win the Myer Classic and she’s certainly on target.”

The victory of Global Glamour also provided Sydney-based rider Clark with his first winner at Caulfield. “It’s my first win at Caulfield so it’s a great thrill, especially on a big day like today,” Clark said. “Hopefully it helps with more opportunities over the carnival.”

Global Glamour (4 m Star Witness – Spectacula by Testa Rossa), who fetched $65,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is raced by the It’s All About The Girls syndicate, has won five of her 12 starts for prize money earnings of $1,389,000.

She is one of four named foals out of the winning Testa Rossa (Perugino) mare Spectacula, though she is the only one of three runners to so far be successful. Her winning second dam Western Success (Success Express) produced six winners from seven foals to race and is a half-sister to the stakes placegetter Bingham (Distant Music). This is also the same family as Group Three winner Sam Sung A Song (Timber Country) and stakes winners Apollua (King Apollo) and Rocket To Glory (Shovhog).

Global Glamour is one of ten stakes winners and the most successful offspring to date for her Widden Stud-based sire Star Witness (Starcraft), who is standing for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST).

Race Replay: R9 Caulfield 21/07/17 

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