Lauriston’s ‘Legend’ Leads the Charge

Legend Of Condor

Article by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria: Lauriston’s ‘Legend’ Leads the Charge

The graduates of Corinella’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm have been regular visitors to the winner’s stalls of late with some very talented youngsters among the victors.

Leading the charge on Saturday was the Gerald Ryan trained two-year-old Legend of Condor, a very talented two-year-old who scored on debut in the Victory Vein Plate over 1000 metres in Sydney.

Sold for $520,000 as a yearling at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale through the Lauriston draft, Legend Of Condor was bought by Sun Bloodstock.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien, pointed out that the young colt is by Not A Single Doubt and is out of the Success Express mare, Rhodamine, which means he carries the same cross as Sun Stud’s Victorian Champion First Season Sire, Squamosa.

“We still have Rhodamine in our broodmare band, and I adore the Success Express mares. Legend Of Condor is not overly tall, but he is a neat, very powerful and an exceptionally strong colt,” O’Brien said.

“He was a real professional throughout his yearling preparation and incredibly popular at the sales with the buying bench. He handled the busy complex with ease; he was such a cool dude.”

The purchaser, David O’Callaghan acting on behalf of Sun Stud, is well known as an astute judge, and was keeping a keen eye on him during the inspections.

“(O’Callagahan) couldn’t help but be impressed by the colt’s attitude and demeanour. To get the price tag he did showed how many other good judges were also interested in the ring. I was over the moon with the price we achieved,” O’Brien said.

So it came as no surprise to O’Brien to hear trainer Gerald Ryan comment on how well Legend Of Condor has handled his whole racing career to date and how professional he was during his breaking in and early days at the stables.

After winning his trial in impressive time, Legend Of Condor clocked a great time at Randwick and beat the other 1000 metre race on the day.

With an extraordinary, unflappable personality, bigger and better things are ahead of him with Ryan believing that he is a horse that can make the 2018 Golden Slipper.

There have been some other impressive Lauriston bred 3YO winners in Victoria and elsewhere in the past fortnight.

The Toby Edmonds trained Eptimum (Snitzel), was brought down as a travelling companion and trackwork-mate for the super filly Houtzen. And in his time down in Victoria, he has now raced twice for two super impressive victories at Ballarat and Bendigo.

“With a three-year-old stakes option on Cox Plate day, it would be brilliant for his dam, Paramount if he gets a run, who is a full to Stradbroke winner, La Montagna,” said O’Brien.

Meanwhile the Spcier Thoroughbreds owned grey 3YO Platinum Angel, an $180,000 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling purchase, is also in for a bright future, after impressively broke her maiden recently at Mornington, for Darren Weir.

Platinum Angel

Photo: Leonie Grbic-Racing Photos

And not to be forgotten, the three year-old Iron Lotus won first up at Alice Springs, after being touted as one of the best two-year-olds in NT last season after winning the feature Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic.

“Over the last decade, I have only taken nine yearlings to the Magic Millions. The year before last we took five, who include the Listed placed Kardashing, Platinum Angel, Eptimum and Undoubtable Miss who won the Adelaide Magic Millions race, with the fifth unraced and now trialing well in Hong Kong,” O’Brien said.

“From the previous draft of four yearlings, we had dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour and Seductress, a two year old city winner at Caulfield.  It’s been great as everything we took to sell has been winning for their new owners.”

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Great Week for Lauriston Bred Youngsters

Sun Stud is one of Victoria’s leading stallion farms. Earlier this year they were active as vendors and buyers at Melbourne’s Inglis Premier yearling sale. One of their purchases was for $520,000 from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm. Sun placed the colt in trainer Gearld Ryan’s care and named him LEGEND OF CONDOR (2c Not A Single Doubt x Rhodamine by Success Express).

Only a handful of 2yo races have been run in Australia this season but Gerald was confident that Legend Of Condor had shown him enough promise to commence an early racing career. Gerald opted to debut the colt at Randwick yesterday in the $100,000 Victory Vein Stakes. With Josh Par on board Legend Of Condor led all the way to win, managing to hold out the late closers Spin and Stunts. Both Gerald and Josh were full of praise for the young colt after the tenacious victory.
Race Replay: LEGEND OF CONDOR 15 Oct 17 R2 Randwick

Darren Weir trained PLATINUM ANGEL (3f Snitzel x Rapidement by Iglesia) was an impressive winner at Mornington last Tuesday. Settling toward the back, Damien Oliver urged the grey filly through the field and she was strong to the line.

Platinum Angel was a $180,000 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling purchase by Brad Spicer.
Race Replay: PLATINUM ANGEL 10 Oct 17 R3 Mornington

In the same draft Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds purchased EPTIMUM (3g Snitzel x Paramount by Monashee Mountain) for $200,000. Toby decided to bring Eptimum to Victoria as a travelling companion for his star filly Houtzen. The Super VOBIS bonuses on offer were an added incentive to bring the gelding South.

Eptimum won at his first Victorian start at Ballarat and made it back to back wins last Wednesday at Bendigo in a benchmark 70 for 3yos. Although still a little green, both wins showed that Eptimum may be in for a bright future. Ryan Maloney rode on both occasions.
Race Replay: EPTIMUM 11 Oct 17 R5 Bendigo

Lisa Whittle’s IRON LOTUS (3f Turffontein x Blazing Glory by Bianconi) was an impressive 2yo winning two from three starts in Alice Springs, including the feature Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic. She kicked off her 3yo career yesterday impressively winning by nearly two lengths.
Race Replay: IRON LOTUS 15 Oct 17 R2 Alice Springs

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Two-year-old Legend Of Condor has made an impressive debut at Randwick

Article by: Caryl Williamson Australian Associated Press 14 October 2017

From day one, trainer Gerald Ryan has had a big opinion of Legend Of Condor and colt has shown just why with his debut win at Randwick.

Displaying a professionalism that sets him apart from some of the other two-year-olds in the Ryan stable, Legend Of Condor ($4.80) took the lead early in Saturday’s Victory Vein Plate (1000m) and held off a challenge by the favourite Spin ($4.60) by a half neck.

A $520,000 yearling at the Melbourne Premier Sale, Legend Of Condor is raced by Sun Bloodstock who also own Condor Heroes who failed to make this year’s Golden Slipper.

But Ryan expects his younger stablemate can make the grade in 2018.

“I think he can be a Slipper horse,” Ryan said.

“He is a bomb-proof, professional little horse.

“He’s not very big and he will never be big horse but he is compact and does everything right.

“He’s been like that from the time he went to Tim Boland at Limitless Lodge for his early education.

“Tim rang me to say what a little professional he was.”

The colt’s jockey Josh Parr said Legend Of Condor still had a bit to learn but he did what he asked him to do.

“He got a bit lost but he is a good horse,” he said.

“It was the win of a good horse.”

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Legend Of Condor too smart in Victory Vein Plate

Article Author: Tom Walter
Article Source: 14 October 2017

Gerald Ryan’s two-year-old Legend Of Condor exhibited all the qualities of a top class juvenile when winning the Victory Vein Plate (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Following a two-length trial win at Rosehill on October 3, Legend Of Condor ($4.80) stepped out for his debut start and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Sent to the front by jockey Josh Parr, the son of Not A Single Doubt relaxed beautifully in the lead before repelling the challenge of Peter and Paul Snowden’s Spin ($4.60 fav), which had the benefit of race experience after finishing fourth in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) a fortnight ago.

Legend Of Condor held a half neck margin over Spin on the line while Stunts ($21) finished a further 1-1/2 lengths away third.

“He’s bombproof. Right from the word go when he was bought in Melbourne he’s been a professional,” Ryan said.

“This was his first time away from Rosehill today and he’s been so easy to deal with, such a quiet horse.

“Josh (Parr) has had a rap for him for quite a while and reckons he’s the best two-year-old he’s ridden this year.”

Legend Of Condor, a $520,000 yearling at the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne, was one of nine Sun Bloodstock purchases last season entrusted to Ryan.

“It’s great for Sun Bloodstock, they’ve really supported me this year – they’ve put a lot of money into it so it’s good for them to have a nice horse,” Ryan said.

Ryan said a Melbourne campaign this spring would be considered for the colt but revealed he is favouring the spelling paddock, with a view to focussing on next year’s autumn carnival in Sydney.

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Two Year Old Trials at Rosehill

Legend of Condor as a yearling

Extract from Breednet by Tara Madgwick – Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Four two year-old trials at Rosehill on Tuesday morning produced winners for Exceed and Excel, Sebring and Mossman with the fastest heat won by a slick son of Not a Single Doubt.

Prepared by Gerald Ryan for Sun Bloodstock, Legend of Condor did everything right for Josh Parr, breaking smoothly from the gates to surge forward and take up the lead.

He controlled the trial throughout and gave a good kick down the running to skip clear and win under his own steam by two lengths clocking 53.30 seconds for the 900 metre gallop.

A $520,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm draft for Sun Bloodstock, Legend of Condor is from Rhodamine, a winning Success Express (USA) mare from the family of Group I NZ Two Thousand Guineas winner Atlante.

He was the most expensive yearling by his sire sold at that sale by quite a margin.

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Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm Leading Vendor

Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News article by Tim Rowe 05 Oct 17
Full article available here: WAR COLT MAKES $420,000 AT INGLIS READY 2 RACE SALE

Victorian breeding and racing operation Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm was the leading vendor at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale, selling 13 of their 16 two-year-olds offered yesterday for an aggregate of $999,000.

James O’Brien’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm averaged $76,846 with a Your Song (Fastnet Rock) colt topping the draft at $160,000 when sold to Hong Kong-based Magus Equine. Catalogued as Lot 44, the colt is the fourth foal out of stakes-placed mare White Diamonds (Jugah). The colt was bought by O’Brien for $55,000 from the Murrulla Stud draft from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. The colt had breezed at Cranbourne in a time of 11.35 seconds and his third dam produced Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Alfa (El Moxie).

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm also sold Lot 121, a colt by first crop stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor) out of Jessica Rose (Keep The Faith), for $150,000 to a Hong Kong-based buyer. He was also sourced from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by O’Brien, who outlaid $50,000 for the colt from the Arrowfield Stud draft. The colt, who breezed in a time of 11.24 at Cranbourne, is from the family of Group One winners Linton (Galileo) and Sharvasti (Montjeu).

“The Your Song went really well at $160,000 and is going to Hong Kong, which is terrific, and the Zoustar is also going to Hong Kong,” O’Brien told ANZ Bloodstock News. O’Brien said “the facilities at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella enabled his staff to prepare the draft of two-year-olds for the sale in excellent order. The team at home do a great job at home which is headed up by Warren Diggles,” he said.

“This was a mixed batch, with some of them being our own and some are clients, but overall it has worked out really well. We have targeted early types who can breeze up as two-year-olds and we have the beach at home, a track on the farm and they respond really well to that.”

O’Brien, who is also the president of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, said the two-year-old sales in Australia were lacking a strong domestic market which was evident at yesterday’s auction. The interest in the sale from overseas has been tremendous but I think what has been lacking is the local market,” he said. “For the local market the ready to run sales have traditionally been the last opportunity to sell your horse, but we specifically target good horses for this sale. We are trying to sell good horses who do run.”

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Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News article by Tim Rowe 04 Oct 17
Full article is available here

A revamped Inglis Ready 2 Race sale will take place in Melbourne today, with 134 two-year-olds by proven and exciting young stallions on offer, providing international and domestic buyers an opportunity to secure an almost readymade racehorse. The auction, the first of three Southern Hemisphere two-year-old sales to be held this spring, is being described as pivotal by vendors and buyers to the long-term future of the ready to race format in Australia.

Prominent Victorian breeding operation Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will also present a draft of 16 two-year-olds, all of whom were secured from this year’s yearling sales to be prepared for the Ready 2 Race Sale. “This is our third time at the Inglis sales, but we do separate our breeding activities with our ready to race operation,” Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s James O’Brien told ANZ Bloodstock News. “While our breeding is going crazy at the moment. We have found the ready to run two-year-old business fits in well with our business and the facilities we have.”

Early in the sale, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will offer a colt by former Patinack Farm shuttle stallion Lope De Vega (Shamardal), the sire of Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Santa Ana Lane. Catalogued as Lot 3, the colt is a half-brother to Group Three winner and Chelmsford Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) runner-up Red Excitement (Excites). The colt ran 11.54 seconds in his breeze up at Cranbourne on a Soft 7 track. “Lope De Vega is on fire as he is also the sire of (The Everest contender) Vega Magic,” O’Brien said. “This horse is a half-brother to Red Excitement who almost defeated Winx.”

O’Brien also offers a colt from the first crop of Group One winner Zoustar (Northern Meteor), who is catalogued as Lot 121. The colt is a son of Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) mare Jessica Rose, a juvenile city winner. The colt breezed up in 11.24 seconds at Cranbourne. “The Zoustar has impressed us all the way along. Seven of our twoyear-olds who breezed up at Cranbourne ran in the top ten times on the day,” he said.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm also has a colt by US stallion Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy), who is catalogued as Lot 126. The Spendthrift Farmbased Malibu Moon is the sire of 103 stakes winners, 13 of whom have won at Group One level. The colt breezed up at Cranbourne in a time of 11.84 seconds. “He is an interesting horse. We purchased him the VOBIS Gold Sale and he is out of a very fast mare,” O’Brien said. “He is not a tall horse, but is very strong.”

O’Brien was optimistic of a good sale, not only for Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, but for the majority of vendors. “I think it has been terrific with a good overseas clientele who looked at whole drafts (on Monday),” O’Brien said. “The client base has been more mixed (yesterday) and compared to last year up in Sydney, I think it has been quite strong.”

The Inglis Ready 2 Race two-year-olds have breezed up either at Canterbury racecourse in Sydney or Cranbourne, with the final opportunity for juveniles to register times held at the Victorian racecourse on Monday.


Inglis 2017 Ready2Race

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present a draft of 17 quality two-year-olds for the upcoming Inglis Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne on Wednesday 4th October.

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

All breeze-up footage for the Ready2Race breeze-ups can be seen by clicking each lot number from the list below.

Lot Col Sex Sire Dam  
3 Ch Colt Lope de Vega Red Obsession  
11 Ch Colt Unencumbered Royale Harmony  
18 B Geld Zoffany Skelda Voe  
22 B Colt Pluck Special Cuvee  
44 B Colt More Than Ready Viva Caro  
44 B Colt Your Song White Diamonds  
56 B/Br Colt Fighting Sun Ausvall  
102 B Colt Kuroshio Folichonne  
118 B/Br Geld Pluck Italics  
120 B Colt Declaration of War Jarilee  
121 B Colt Zoustar Jessica Rose  
124 B Filly All Too Hard Kalamata  
126 B Colt Malibu Moon Kinz Funky Monkey  
136 B Colt Epaulette Loving New  
138 B Colt Medaglia d’Oro Lucida  
140 B Geld Husson Lutine  
150 Gr Colt Artie Schiller Naseej  
155 B Colt Husson Paese Commands  
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Lauriston in the Fast Lane

Story by Shayne O’Cass from The Sportsman

Lot 44 Your Song x White Diamonds colt breezing up with Lot 3 Lope de Vega x Red Obsession colt

LAURISTON Thoroughbred Farm Ready2Race Sale bound 2YO’s accounted for seven of the fastest 10 horses to breezeup at a wet and windy Cranbourne on Monday morning.

The O’Brien family enterprise’s stunning success comes a few days after farm graduate Striking Eagle took out the prestigious Inglis China — Australia Cup at Yulong racecourse in Shanxi province.

Striking Eagle was himself sold at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale for $55,000.

“He was one of four we sold to Beijing Racing Stables from that draft,” James O’Brien said. “Striking Eagle is by Purrealist from Shaolin Belle. He is closely related to Apache Cat and like Apace Cat, he has a big white blaze too.”

A total of 82 horses were put through their paces ahead of the Sale scheduled for October 4 at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction complex outside of Melbourne.

Fastest of all was Lot 135, a son of first season sire Kuroshio whose highlight win came in the Group 2 MVRC Ian McEwen Stakes (1000m) on this same weekend in 2013.

The colt for sale is out of former Tasmanian mare Love The Moment who was placed third in the Tasmanian Oaks and One Thousand Guineas.

The Sydney round of the breeze-ups will be staged today (Friday) at Canterbury.

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Striking Progress In China

Story sourced from Aushorse 04 Sep 2017

Striking Eagle pictured with connections

While much of the action centred around Caulfield (first Group One of the season) and Royal Randwick (Winx!) on Saturday, the running of the Inglis China-Australia Cup at Yulong racecourse in Shanxi province was also big news: to Chinese and Australians alike.

Attracting a full field of 14 runners – all sourced from Inglis sales and including runners by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Medaglia d’Oro and co. – the China-Australia Cup is, at A$200,000, the richest race in mainland China and an ideal barometer as to the rapid growth of racing in the region.

Racing was banned in China in 1949, but its ‘return’ has been much anticipated for the past couple of decades … always considered to be something of a sleeping giant.

However, while it took a while to go from an easy canter to full blown gallop, the Chinese industry now appears ready to explode and the steady influx of Australian-bred horses was in full evidence on Saturday.

So too were the number of Aussie faces in the crowd, including Aushorse Chairman and Widden Stud principal, Antony Thompson.

“I was here last year for the inaugural running of the Inglis China-Australia Cup and the difference in just 12 months is simply stunning,” Thompson enthused. “Mr Zhang, who built and owns Yulong racecourse and has substantial racing and breeding interests in both China and Australia, is clearly passionate about building interest in the sport in China.

“There are six races per program at Yulong over an eight week period with a minimum $10,000 per race, including races for local breds, open races, bonus races etcetera, and then obviously building to races like the $200,000 Cup.

“As for the facilities, they are all first class with, for instance, a 500 horse, state-of-the-art stable added in the last 12 months.

“Mr Zhang has been very inclusive and a lot of Australian professionals have been in China for the last few weeks to mix with the local trainers, jockeys and other personnel.

“I must say, the standard of racing is very encouraging too: horses, trainers and jockeys.

“The actual Cup was a terrific event with the race being won by a Purrealist 3YO called Striking Eagle, who is trained by ex-pat Aussie, Brian Lawrence.”

A former high school teacher and hobby trotting trainer in Western NSW, Lawrence trained in China from 2003 to 2005 and returned in March of this year where he has around 16 in work.

“There’s been a huge difference in the last 12 years,” Lawrence explains. “In particular, the standard of horses. There are 16 barns here at Yulong and all of them are full, with Mr Zhang himself having over 100 in training.

“Aside from the quality of bloodstock, the skills of trainers, jockeys and other racecourse staff has improved out of sight as well. I’d imagine that half the trainers here are ex-jockeys that have come up through the ranks.
“It’s really going ahead in leaps and bounds.”

James O’Brien of Lauriston Thoroughbreds was also chuffed at the result given that he sold Striking Eagle to the Beijing Racing Stables at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race for $55,000.

“It was one of four we sold to Beijing Racing Stables from that draft,” O’Brien explains. “Striking Eagle is by Purrealist from Shaolin Belle … he’s closely related to Apache Cat and like Apache Cat, he has a big, white blaze too.

“He’s now won four from four in China and is best 3YO up there. I’m very happy for his new owners.”

Not surprisingly, Mr Zhang is ecstatic at the progress of racing in China and Australia’s involvement: “The Inglis China-Australia Cup has been a positive factor toward the development of racing in China, and a great drawcard for the importing of Australian-bred horse by Chinese owners,” Mr Zhang points out. “The Australian-bred horse population in China has increased significantly over the past few years and this has seen the quality of horses racing in China greatly improve.”

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