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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Super Grand Final for Sonny Yeoh

Sonny Yeoh (right) with Super G and Michael Rodd (photo: @artsoffice23)

Story sourced from Singapore Turf Club Website Michael Lee 27/08/17

Sonny Yeoh bowed out on a winning note as he called time on five years of training career in Singapore on Sunday.

The younger brother of former vet-turned-trainer Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye is hanging up his binoculars exactly five years after he began operations on September 1, 2012, citing personal reasons for his decision. He officially returns his stables on August 31.

The Penang native flew off the starting blocks with a smashing first full season on 31 winners (his highest haul) in 2013, the headline act being no doubt Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge clean sweep hero Stepitup. He kept up the momentum with 22 winners the next year, but his record nosedived to only nine (2015) and seven (2016) the next two seasons. 

Super G (Michael Rodd, yellow-blinkered) draws clear to shed his maiden status in Race 6.

Standing on 16 winners before Sunday, Yeoh saddled four runners for his last day at the office, but saw his chances of a fairytale ending reduced by 25 per cent when the well-in-the-market Conatus G was scratched in Race 2.

After Dragonhead ran nowhere in Race 3, it was left to his well-fancied duo of General Conatus (Derreck David) and Super G (Michael Rodd) in the $35,000 Class 5 race over 1700m to give the amiable trainer the perfect send-off.

In his own words, his heart was “pounding” when Super G, all this time a maiden after 13 starts, came with a withering run to hit the lead at the 300m.

It looked like favourite Mongolian Chief (Troy See) was the only one in the 12-horse field who could spoil the farewell party in the concluding stages, but Super G ($29) kept striding away to fall in by 1 ¼ lengths with Carnelian (Mohd Zaki) third another 2 ¼ lengths away.

Yeoh’s second runner General Conatus whipped around with a looping run from the 800m in a bid to inject more speed into the race, even looking the part as the one who could etch his name as Yeoh’s last winner when he hit the front under David’s urgings at the top of the straight, but he faded late to run fifth.

The winning time was 1min 46.64secs for the 1700m on the Polytrack.

Forever the consummate professional, Yeoh still headed straight to the dismounting yard to check on General Conatus first before heading to the winner’s stall for that last 94th winner.

But as he was able to relax better, it was apparent the win had come as a sheer relief for him.

“I trained a winner at my very last race, it’s great because my heart was pounding before the race!” the man of few words said, and yet still summing it up the best.

“It’s nice to end on a winning note after five years here at Kranji. I take this opportunity to thank the Singapore Turf Club and its Committee Members, the CEO for helping me, and also my owners and my staff.

“Super G may be my last winner, but the good news is he will carry on racing, just like my other horses when they move to other stables.”

When asked to name his best memories, unsurprisingly Stepitup, incidentally the first of his 94 winners on September 28, 2012 popped up in a flash.

“Stepitup was the best horse I trained and he gave me my biggest moment when he won all the three Legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge,” said Yeoh who is one month shy of his 56th birthday (September 25).

“My biggest disappointment is my decision to stop training. I wish I could stay longer but I had to go for personal reasons.

“It’s still been a great ride.”

Though Rodd does not often ride for Yeoh (he was at only his second winning ride for him after Amazing Man on March 17), the Australian jockey still paid a fitting tribute to the man who has slipped into Kranji in his typical quiet manner, never blowing his own trumpet, and who has tiptoed out in the same no-frills, no-fanfare way, but aptly with a winner.

“It’s great to ride Sonny’s last winner here,” said Rodd.

“He’s a humble man and I’ve always enjoyed having a chat with him, especially when it comes to recommending a nice restaurant, be it here or Hong Kong or Taiwan.

“He’s always smiling, he doesn’t get upset. He is a level-headed guy and it’s sad that we are losing a great stalwart.

“As for the winner, he is still a colt and is well-bred. He is by High Chaparral, meaning he was the best bred horse in the field.

“He trialled like a solid Class 4 horse the other day. Barrier 1 was a bit tricky, but he overcame that.

“In the straight, I thought I went too soon. I saw Derreck David up there and I thought we had the quinella for Sonny, so that’s why I let him go.

“Unfortunately the other horse ran out of steam but my horse kept going and it was a fantastic result in the end.”

Quite interestingly, Yeoh was sharing his final day with a much more decorated trainer in nine-time Singapore champion trainer Laurie Laxon, but he somehow stole the thunder of the Kiwi legend, who failed to saddle a winner from his small team of five runners, coming up short by half-a-length with his last runner Lim’s Shot in the penultimate race.

When asked what he had planned after training, Yeoh gave the safe answer which would make most husbands smile.

“I’ll ask the wife,” he said, and on that note, the quiet man of Kranji walked into the sunset.

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NSW 3 Year Old of the Year – GLOBAL GLAMOUR

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm congratulates It’s All About The Girls Syndicate, Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and all connections of Global Glamour.

2017 Winner – NSW 3 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR


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