australian breeding

‘The Fight Between Coal And Foals’: Hunter Valley Mining Proposal Rejected For Fourth Time

Thoroughbred farms based in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, won yet another major victory after a coal mine proposed for the area was rejected by area planners. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) rejected a bid from Anglo American Mining regarding its Drayton South project. It was the fourth time that the company has been […]

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Krupika and Peaches share a cuddle
Barn Buddies: Long Live Peaches

Life as a barn cat can be risky. Although more sheltered than most outdoor cats, barn residents have to contend with nightly visits from wildlife, rough temperatures, and need to be very smart about cars and machinery. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the tradition of feline durability at Australia’s Arrowfield Stud. (I […]

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Rowe with the Zoustar colt on the Magic Millions sales grounds
‘Makes My Heart Sing’: Equine Body Worker Brings Training From Humans To Thoroughbreds

Although he didn’t make headlines for his price tag, the yearling son of Zoustar (AUS) who knocked down 250,000 AUD ($189,675) at last month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale was a highlight for someone besides his purchaser, Ciaron Maher Racing. Woodside Park Stud consigned the chestnut, and the team that foaled and prepared him for […]

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Banke sold this yearling filly by Fastnet Rock to Coolmore at the Magic Millions sale (Magic Millions/Katrina Partridge)
Stonestreet South? Banke Makes More Moves In Australian Market

When Hip 765 sold to Coolmore at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Saturday evening, the hammer drop marked another step for American owner/breeder Barbara Banke into the Australian marketplace. Stonestreet Stables was already the purchaser on two horses for a combined 1.05 million AUD ($787,547) in partnership with Aquis Farm, Peter Leidel, […]

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The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is entering its 31st year
Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

This week, the Paulick Report is in Queensland, Australia, bringing you news and features from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Racing Carnival. As Frank Mitchell detailed in this week’s Bloodlines column, the Gold Coast yearling sale started as an innovative concept full of risk for its backers. “I think there was a […]

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A yearling by More Than Ready raised 1.3 million AUD at the second day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Waterhouse Picks Up ‘Bargain’ More Than Ready Yearling For 1.3 Million AUD At Magic Millions

Magic Millions continued its Gold Coast Yearling Sale Thursday with a day highlighted by three seven-figure lots. Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions combined saw 383 horses sell for 78,792,000 AUD ($58,907,262), up 19.9 percent from last year’s gross sales. The average of 205,723 AUD ($153,804) is up 7.7 percent from 2016. The median of 160,000 AUD ($119,620) is […]

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Helsinge, with her 2012 filly, a full sister to Black Caviar
Helsinge, Dam Of Champion Black Caviar, Dies At 15

Helsinge, the dam of superstar mare, Black Caviar, died last week at Gilgai Farm in Australia. She was 15. According to a report at, the daughter of Desert Sun died after “having a reaction to medication”. Helsinge was in foal to Written Tycoon. Gilgai Farm’s Rick Jamieson purchased Helsinge at a mixed broodmare sale in 2005. […]

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Yearlings parade on the grounds at Magic Millions in the Gold Coast
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Opener Marked By Strong Numbers

Magic Millions wrapped the first day of its Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday with strong economic indicators. A total of 187 horses sold for 35,907,000 AUD ($26.5 million) for an average of 192,016 AUD ($141,679) and a median of 150,000 AUD ($110,680). Those figures are up from last year’s first session, where 158 horses […]

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10 of the last 13 winners of the Golden Slipper juvenile race were sold at Magic Millions
Bloodlines: Magic Millions Formula A Proven Success In Australia

The Magic Millions is a fascinating concept. And dead simple. One of the horses in this sale is going to win a race worth $1 million. As a means of selling horses and promoting racing, the Magic Millions has come a long way since its inception in 1986. From that first catalog came the following […]

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Black Caviar (left) and Zenyatta never met on the racetrack, but perhaps their foals might?
Haslett: Black Caviar Vs Zenyatta As Black Caviar Filly Starts Her Career

While Australian racing phenomena Black Caviar enjoys her retirement, the 10-year-old mare’s first foal Oscietra is looking to start a career of her own, making her first public appearance in the jump outs at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne this Friday afternoon, 2nd December (Thursday night EST and PST). Will the filly outshine the performance of […]

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