Breeding in Tasmania Success Stories

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There is more to Tasmanian-bred success stories than "Piping Lane" and "Beer Street".

Tasmanian breeders are continually upgrading the quality of their broodmare stock to meet the demands of the growing number of discerning buyers. As a result, the success of Tasmanian bred horses racing at black type level has increased significantly in recent years.

While many people think of Piping Lane and Beer Street when “Tasmanian-bred success” stories are mentioned, in fact Tasmania is responsible for producing black type winners on an annual basis – with some of this success in Group 1 races!

For example, two of Tasmania’s best performed horses from the 1990s were Sydeston and Alfa. Sydeston competed in some of the best quality race fields of all time, with his best wins including the BMW in Sydney and the Caulfield Cup. Sydeston was also placed in a Cox Plate. Alfa was the champion 2yo in Tasmania of his year, before transferring to the Bart Cummings stables where he won a Caulfield Guineas.

There have been many stand-out performers since Sydeston and Alfa’s Group 1 successes. A selection of these winners are detailed below: -

Al Zimer, Alfa, Allsand, Aristocrat Lady, Bank Robber, Bold Matador, Born A King, Bright Light, Bulbasaur, Charlann, Chicks In Charge, Conquering, Danson D’or, Dolphin Dance, Dream Quest, Dreamalot, El Mirada, Esterel, Father Floyd, Fine Omens, Fyndarn Ali, Golden Serpent, Hidden Strings, Highclere, Hit the Spot, Huntingfield, Ionacolumba, Jay Kay Bee, Josie Velez, Kats Clause, Ladari, Lady Lynette, Lekitima, Life To The Full, Magic Turn, Mellow Chateau, Midnight Escapade, My Sienna, Norella, Nova Clause, Nuclear Free, Oh Blue Angel, Our Dashing Dane, Over The Sea, Parmar Day, Pass Me By, Paternoster Row, Rhumb Line, Rotunda, Royal Rambo, Rumcorp, Rustia, St Andrews, Sunny Lane, Sunny Skies, Uzigal, Venus A Go Go, Vickers, Wealthy Lad, Weasel Will, Wexford, White Hart Lane, Windigo, plus many more.

While most of the gallopers listed above have earned black type status, the following list details a selection of stand-out performers at major racing Carnivals in recent years: -

• My Sienna (multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed)
• Weasel Will (multiple Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placings)
• Wexford (Group 3 winner)
• Nova Clause (multiple Group placings and a listed winner)
• Nuclear Free (Group 2 Winner)
• Hidden Strings (multiple Group 2 winner and multiple Group placings)
• Windigo (Group 2 winner and multiple Group placings)
• Kats Clause (Group 3 winner)

While the above provides a brief snapshot of the recent past, the majority of buyers are mostly interested in the present. Pleasingly, there are a number of Tasmanian bred gallopers currently enjoying an outstanding season, with several competing at the elite level. Both Lady Lynette and Bank Robber were bred in Tasmania, with both running Group 1 placing in the current season.

 In addition, both gallopers have won Group races during the past season. The Charlie Goggin- trained, and reigning Tasmanian horse of the year, Conquering, won five black type races last season. This included a Listed win at Caulfield as well as a Group 2 second place at Moonee Valley. Life To The Full, winner of this season’s Listed Tasmanian Newmarket Handicap, also won the Listed 2008 Balaclava Cup.