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Deploy Makes It Four In A Row

06-Feb-2017

Gelded before this preparation, blue blooded Fastnet Rock four year-old Deploy went on his winning way at Randwick on Saturday racking up his fourth straight win with a stylish victory.


Prepared by Gerald Ryan, Deploy had good form around Group and stakes winners last season at three such as Le Romain, Southern Legend and Sooboog, so has always had the talent and has now found the conviction required to win races

He surged late for James Innes Jr to score a half length victory in the Benchmark 82 event over 1400 metres under 59 kg.

A $450,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft, Deploy runs for a syndicate that includes his breeder Torryburn Stud in whose colours he runs as well as Segenhoe Thoroughbreds and Stallion Racing.

With five wins and five placings from 11 starts and prizemoney nearing $250,000, Deploy has always been consistent and could easily step up to stakes level this year.

He is one of three winners from four foals to race from Group III winning Red Ransom (USA) mare Crimson Reign, who produced a lovely colt by Smart Missile last year and was subsequently covered by Pride of Dubai.

Rosti Brings Classic Update with Win on Debut

01-Feb-2017

Scoring a promising debut win at Ballarat on Tuesday was Snitzel three year-old Rosti, whose yearling half-sister by Denman (pictured) will be offered at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Greg Eurell, Rosti snatched a short neck win in the 1200 metre maiden, moving up three wide with a sustained run to score going away.

Rosti was a $50,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for Homann Bloodstock from the Torryburn Stud draft and is a half-brother to Group III placed Aashiq.

He is the second winner for well-bred import Crevice (USA), whose yearling filly by Denman will be offered at Inglis Classic as Lot 419 by Torryburn.

View the full photo of the Denman x Crevice filly here.

Axiomatic Home For A Spell

05-Jan-2017

Fresh off her win at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, Axiomatic has returned to Torryburn for a short break before returning to Chris Waller for a tilt at the Brisbane Racing Carnival and specifically the Queensland Oaks.

Having claimed her first win at Kembla Grange on 10 December by 7.3 lengths, Axiomatic followed up with a win at Warwick Farm against the colts and geldings to claim her first city win.

A $300K purchase at Easter, the half sister to New Zealand sensation Xtravagant is raced by Torryburn in partnership with Alan Osburg and we eagerly await seeing what she has to offer in the coming months.

Worth The Wait

05-Jan-2017

Balestrand took his time to overcome a few niggling issues but is now back in fine form having his first start in 11 months for a win over 1300m at Kembla Grange on 3 January. A great job by Snowden Racing and definitely one to watch.

Is Viceman a Top Gun?

05-Jan-2017

Viceman's second start this prep saw victory for trainer Joe Pride with a win at Gosford on 29 December. The 3yo Denman gelding was a first start winner in November and has pulled up well from this most recent run and will have another crack tonight at Canterbury.

Welcome Back Deploy!

05-Jan-2017

Deploy took a 7 month break at Torryburn last year where he recuperated from a couple of issues and has re-entered Gerald Ryan stable with all guns firing. Returning to the track a gelding, his first win over 1100m was at Canterbury on 16 December and having pulled up well he ran again two weeks later for another win, again at Canterbury and this time over 1200m. Deploy's win was timely with his half brother by Sebring entered for next weeks Magic Millions Sale

Summer Racing Heats Up

13-Dec-2016

The Spring Carnival is now far behind us for another year but our youngsters are getting ready to make an assault on the Autumn Carnival with several finishing off the year in style.

Axiomatic (pictured) stepped out for her third career start at Kembla Grange this week and blew the opposition away by 7.3 lenghts. English jockey Charlie Bishop was excited by her ability and it looks like trainer Chris Waller may give her another run before a break in the next week or so.

Dixie Blossoms returned to Ron Quinton and Diddums to Gerald Ryan after a spell at Torryburn where they will commence work on their next campaigns.

Last weekend's racing saw some great results including a second for Baltic Whisper (Charge Forward x Le Sillage) at Kembla Grange. We have sent the 2yo full brother to Baltic Whisper up to Queensland and it seems trainer Doug Roberts hasn't taken long to assess the colt favourably so we are really looking forward to following his progress.

Kembla was also the location for Heartlings (Pendragon x Hayaat) win over 1400m on Saturday. Hayaat has produced a lovely full brother to Heartlings at Torryburn this year.

Bradley Smith's ever reliable gelding San Telmo (Authorised x Spire) also scored 2nd at Eagle Farm last weekend bringing his prizemoney to just under $155K and The Grey Flash (More Than Ready x Miss Brightman) scored a third at the same track over 2200m.

Bad luck for Viceman who was scratched at the barriers as favourite at Wyong last week but will run tomorrow at Warwick Farm. Whilst this is a jump up in grade, trainer Joe Pride is confident the horse is well and relaxed so we will keep our fingers crossed he runs a good race.

Our two classy 3yo fillies Red Hearts and The Pinnacle with Snowden Racing are set to trial soon and with Memento (Anthony Cummings) and Toryjoy (Chris Waller) set to go back to work so the little black book will be getting a good workout over the summer months.

Magic Millions Yearling Inspections

13-Dec-2016

Our Magic Millions yearlings have begun their inspections with several visits to the farm this week.  \

Photos of the yearlings will be available on our website in the first week of January however if you would like to visit the farm to inspect the yearlings at any stage, please call the office on 02-4938 9739.

Another year, a huge future ahead

13-Dec-2016

Christmas decorations and cards with beautiful snow filled fields, reindeer and log fires always seem ironic for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere but the beauty of our own environment in the Paterson Valley somehow feels just as special. Especially when you are surrounded by a farm like Torryburn.

What a year it's been! From a 100% clearance rate at the Inglis Mare and Weanling Sale, to the establishment of our new farm and some great new clients and their horses. We now also have some fantastic and very promising young stock in work with trainers in NSW, Victoria and Queensland and we think 2017 will be a very exciting time for the racehorses produced in the last few years at Torryburn.

Our Magic Millions yearlings are already looking a picture and we this week received a visit from the Magic Millions team and several notable buyers travelling from all states of Australia to take a first look at our draft. There is a real sense of pride in how these horses are shaping up and we are really looking forward to getting to Queensland next month. We encourage anyone interested in inspecting our draft to do so either here at the farm or once on the Gold Coast sales complex.

The highlight of our year has been the completion of the new spelling farm. We have also undertaken several changes in direction and the benefits of this are becoming obvious – most importantly, the horses have never looked better. We are confident that Torryburn Stud has entered a new era and we are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for trainers and owners to spell racehorses and agist broodmares and foals in what we feel is now one of the safest and most professional boutique farms in Australia.

We have had a wonderful year and wish to thank our extended horse management team consisting of vets Paddy Todhunter, Kristen Todhunter, Cecilia Cortina di Favria, Hanna Hopkins and Morgan Webber as well as Natalie Edwards and the team at Newcastle Equine Centre. Thanks also to our farrier Cade Sinclair for his continued effort in keeping our horses feet in order and Ross Edwards for his foal handling prowess.

Wishing everyone the best for the Festive Season. Most importantly, thank you to our clients new and old who continue to support us year after year and the horses that try their hardest for us every day.

Foaling Finished for 2016

16-Nov-2016

As mentioned earlier, we have celebrated our final foal for the year. The now 10 day old Dawn Approach filly out of Le Sillage delivered the Cornish family another of their beloved greys to cap off the year. And someone else who loves their babies just as much as anyone is Deidre Illes who last month hit the highway to visit her brood at Torryburn. She is pictured below meeting her new pet - a colt by Sidestep out of Caviar Emptor.

Three Year Olds Start to Make Their Mark

16-Nov-2016

Torryburn Stud has retained some exciting horses from the 2013 foal crop and the are now out and about and giving us all that feeling of anticipation as they start to feel their feet in their first few starts.

Diddums, the Gerald Ryan trained Snitzel filly out of Raheights has never been out of the placings since her first start win and scored again for a win at her fourth start at Warwick Farm. She is now spelling at the farm and having a well deserved break.

Another exciting youngster is Axiomatic, the half sister to NZ sensation Xtravagant. The daughter of O'Reilly had her first start on 29 October at Newcastle following a winning trial at Rosehill and Chris Waller is looking for her next suitable start.

The Snowden trained The Pinnacle, who finished second in her only start to date has just commenced pre-training alongside her stablemate Red Hearts who finished third at Warwick Farm in her first start. This will be the second preparation for both fillies who both fill us with confidence.

The older horses are also performing well with Daisy Duke pulling out another sensational performance at Doomben on 5 November to claim her fourth career win and accelerate her prizemoney to just under $100K. It is believed that the bars of Brisbane were rewarded for her efforts by some of our partners who flew up for the occasion. Congratulations to trainer Doug Roberts and regular hoop Robbie Fradd.

A number of our other older runners are just starting to come back into work so we hope to bring some good news on them soon.

Springsational

16-Nov-2016

The final foal has dropped and the foaling lights have been turned off for another year. There is no time for rest however and the stables have all been freshly painted and filled with new bedding for our Magic Millions yearlings which have commenced their prep.

Spring is a busy time for everyone, particularly the trainers who have just had their marathon Spring Racing Carnival. Congratulations to all the victorious winners and placegetters and those who even just featured in a major race over the Carnival. What an achievement to have a runner in a group of listed race. One of our favourite stories of the carnival was the shock win by Lasqueti Spirit in the VRC Oaks. It'd be a stretch to find an equine connection to this fantastic filly here on the farm but we are ecstatic for owners Frank and Chris Cook who are clients of the farm and fantastic contributors to the industry. What a thrill for them.

One horse that was born, raised and sold through the Torryburn Stud 2012 Inglis Premier yearling sale draft is G2 VRC Matriarch Stakes winner Jessy Belle. The Hayes Dabernig team showed some sassy timing in the preparation of the 5 year old mare to score her first black type win in style. Well done to all the connections.

Congratulations must also go to our good clients and friends Alan and Lisa Osburg on the win by their Torryburn born and raised Dixie Blossoms, winner of the G3 ATC Angst Stakes followed up by a gallant finish for fourth in the G1 VRC Myer Classic. Dixie has come home to Torryburn for her post-Spring break.

And the ever reliable Terravista turned out for a sole Flemington carnival appearance to carry the Torryburn brand over the line for second in the Mumm Stakes (L) - his prizemoney now well over the $2 Million mark. What a great effort from Joe Pride and his now 7 year old gelding.

Spring has also seen the finalisation of the development of our new spelling farm and we are delighted with the finished product. Apart from the world class equine facilities, Pam Cornish has been busy with designing the placement of hundreds of trees which we have planted on the new farm. A gorgeous laneway of white crepe myrtles along the main driveway will be an incredible sight once established and we have also planted many new gum trees to compliment the hundred year old shade gums on this parcel of virgin land which has never previously been grazed by livestock.

Whilst we can fully irrigate the new spelling farm, we wouldn't say no to a good drenching of rain to fill up the new dams which will just be the icing on the cake. Its an exciting time for the farm and the team.

Inwood One To Watch

16-Nov-2016

November 15 - Smart Missile has had a flow of winners since the start of spring and this one caught the eye as a ‘Breednet One to Watch’ from Sale on Tuesday.

Prepared by David Brideoake for Peter Moody’s wife Sarah (pictured) and partners, three year-old colt Inwood did plenty wrong at his first two starts including a second at Mornington last month.

He put it altogether third time lucky when leading throughout to win over 1740 metres by a length and a half as favourite.

A $100,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for Moody Racing from the Torryburn Stud draft, Inwood is the third winner from three foals to race from Zabeel mare Pixels, a daughter of stakes-winner Snapshots from the family of triple Group I winner Sea Siren.

Torryburn Stud will offer the current yearling from Pixels, a filly by Snitzel as Lot 319 at the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale

Another Smart Winner Bred and Sold by Torryburn Stud

26-Sep-2016

Robert Heathcote knows a thing or two about a Mossman having trained $7million earner Buffering and the talented Group III winner Hopfgarten, so it’s no surprise he’s getting good results with progressive Mossman four year-old Privlaka, who scored easily at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Resuming from a spell after being competitive in stakes races over the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Privlaka scored over 1000 metres by three-quarters of a length as favourite.

A $130,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for astute agent Paul Willetts from the Torryburn Stud draft, Privlaka has won four of 13 starts earning nearly $170,000 in prizemoney

He was bred by Torryburn and is a half-brother to smart Melbourne metropolitan winner Face Forward being the third winner from Endearment.

A grand-daughter of champion US filly Tappiano by Danehill (USA), Endearment has a yearling colt by Privlaka’s sire Mossman and was covered last spring by Shooting to Win.

 

 

Daisy and Diddums Double Up

13-Sep-2016

We witnessed two outstanding and very exciting performances at the races this week initially by the Doug Roberts trained Daisy Duke at Doomben.  Daisy stepped out on 7 September over 1200m and at her second start upon her move to Queensland had us all a little worried by jumping at the back of the field and travelling at the tail for almost 800m.  It was however at the 400m mark that she cranked up the pace and by the 200 she had hit the gas and flew home for a two and a half length win from Magic I Am.  What a performance!  Daisy is pictured here with Melissa Copelin while on a spell at Torryburn.

Trainer Gerald Ryan's patience with first starter Diddums paid off with the 3yo Snitzel filly making her debut at Kembla Grange on 10 September for a win.  We were all very keen to see her finally find the track after 5 trials at various Sydney tracks and she didn't disappoint.  A perfectly timed run for hopefully what will be some further Spring racing action for the filly.  Diddums's dam Raheights has a lovely Shooting To Win filly now at foot.

Congratulations must also go to the trainer Matt Laurie and the connections of Crafty Miss (Starcraft x Miss Gai Flyer) which won at Kilmore on Saturday.  Miss Gai Flyer will also visit Shooting To Win this year upon the birth of her Lonhro foal.

Another Torryburn winning connection on Saturday was Heavenly Anna (Duporth x Caviar Emptor) which also won at Kemble Grange for trainer Kerry Parker.  Caviar Emptor is on the farm and gave birth to a bay colt by Sidestep just two days ago.

 

A Little Magic From The Mouse

01-Sep-2016

It was great to see Magic Mouse back in the winners circle at Ipswich last week.  Trainer Doug Roberts had the Shamardal mare primed for this her second win at the Ipswich track with jockey Daniel Griffin riding.  

Weekend Warriors

22-Aug-2016

Some more great results on the weekend for Torryburn connections with the beautiful Dixie Blossoms (pictured on a recent spell at Torryburn) finishing 2nd behind Pearls in the ATC Group 3 Toy Show Handicap.

Another win for TC Bloodstock and Norm Gardner this weekend with Bootlegging (Charge Forward x Tipsy Moment) taking out the Highway Plate at Randwick on Saturday!

Also...a win for Mantecado (Commands x Parfaits) on the Gold Coast - first up from a spell for trainer Marcus Wilson and another placing for San Telmo (Authorised (IRE) x Spire) in Brisbane, tipping his prizemoney to over $100K! Congratulations to all connections.

Dissident Colt Another First for the Season

05-Aug-2016

Our third foal for the year made his way into the world yesterday and its another significant foaling - this time one of the first ever for Newgate Farm's Dissident on the ground (a filly has been born in Victoria and another colt in the Upper Hunter born yesterday also). The dam of stakes horses Anyaas and Manhattan Blues, Belle Feline delivered a very leggy colt at 9am to the 2015 Horse of the Year.

The Downs, the Ups and the ones that make your day

05-Aug-2016

Playing this game of racing is not for the faint hearted. Particularly if you are fully entrenched in it from the go of birth to the whoa when a horse's time has come and you are emotionally attached to all the horses you breed, buy, race and live with.

Brettan is one such a horse. The now six year old Commands gelding out of Raheights has jumped right back into the game with a second placing in the Listed 1600m Tatt's Mile at Doomben on 16 July. Having had a promising start to his career as a 2 year old and a win at his first start in January 2014, his second win wasn't realised until later that year in November where he won at Warwick Farm and then again a short time later at Randwick. Things however became stagnant from there and Brettan just couldn't find the promising form he had shown early on. He was sent to Brisbane where Torryburn's resident Queensland trainer Doug Roberts took over the reins. With a little bit of TLC, Brettan scored his fourth career win at Doomben in April this year, before following up with his Listed race performance last month. Brettan has been a loyal performer and it's great to see him back at his best.

Another Torryburn bred runner to shine this month is Cadman. He's not quite winning the Melbourne Cup but he sure made a statement at Darwin this week for his owners the Mckay family and trainer Merv Runble from Warren. Not only has he won five of his last six starts at the Fannie Bay racecourse but he won the last four in a row and pocketed $76,000 worth of his total career earnings of $82,500 since 28 May this year. What a thrill for the owners and connections. Cadman's dam Miss Brightman is awaiting a foal by first season sire Wandjina.

Cessnock trainer Todd Howlett has chipped his way around the tracks with Sirius Spy (Mossman x Informant). Whilst best described as a consistent regional performer, Sirius has been a bit of fun for us and our partners and had a sensational win last week. Again, Port Macquarie is no Randwick or Flemington but the way the mare lead the 2000m race most of the way and battled it out on the line for a win gave us as almost as much a thrill as any black type race could.

One of our exciting up and comers is the 3 year old filly Red Hearts who had her first start this week at Warwick Farm in the rain to finish third. Having won her two trials this preparation, it was a good effort by the Lonhro filly who is out of Crimson Reign, winner of the Kindergarten Stakes where she beat Segments and Charge Forward and the Heroic Championship beating the turf queen Alinghi. Red Hearts has now returned to Torryburn for a good spell and will return to racing later in the year.

It's Raining Men....well, little boys

05-Aug-2016

Our first two foals for the season have arrived and both are doing really well. The first, a colt by leading first season sire Smart Missile out of the Stravinsky mare Fornini. This mare produced a stunning full brother to this foal in 2014 which was purchased by BHSB Racing Club for $130K at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale this year.

Our second foal was born on Wednesday and is the first ever for Coolmore's new sire Rubick to hit the ground. The son of Belle Feline is a big, strong boy and it wouldn't surprise us if his photo is already on his owners mantelpiece!

The foals are dodging the heavy rain we are experiencing at the moment and are tucked up with their mums in their stables enjoying the first few days of life. We're off to a great start and are looking forward to a successful breeding season.

Optimize Doubles Up

07-Jul-2016

The extra weight and distance didn't stop three year old filly Optimize from making it two in a row at Morphetville on Saturday 2 July. Following on from her all the way win on 18 June, Optimize was a $34,000 purchase for trainer Richard Jolly from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and is the first foal of Graphique and Cangon Stud Farm's resident stallion Dubleo (pictured). Graphique will this year visit Coolmore Stud's Pride Of Duabai. Congratulations to Richard and all the connections on this smart filly.

Optimize Makes the Most of Morphetville

20-Jun-2016

The annual Inglis Classic Yearling draft from Torryburn Stud has a history for producing bargain priced winners with the Richard Jolly trained filly Optimize adding to the list of success with a bold front running win at Morphettville on Saturday.

The three year-old daughter of Dubleo (USA) scored over 1600 metres by three quarters of a length, her second win from nine starts.

A $34,000 purchase for her trainer, Optimize was bred and sold by Torryburn and is the first foal of Galileo (IRE) mare Graphique, a daughter of stakes-winner Snapshots from the family of triple Group I winner Sea Siren.

Graphique will this year visit Pride Of Dubai.

Fresh Blood

07-Jun-2016

A new direction for Torryburn saw a re-consolidation of our stock with a reduction of mares at last months Inglis Broodmare Sale and the addition of several new high quality mares with the aim of rejuvenating our breeding program.

Wednesday's results at the Magic Millions included the purchase of Lot 529 Progressive from the Godolphin draft. The Street Cry filly was a winner in town out of Movin' Out, a three quarter sister to Manhattan Rain, Niagra and Echos of Heaven and a half sister to Murjana.

Also secured on the same day was Lot 658 Imperial Lass. The Ciaron Maher trained daughter of Tavistock won $188K in stakes including a G1 placing in the Qld Oaks and is a half sister to multiple stakes winner La Sizeranne and Queen Anne Stakes winner Za Moulin Rouge.

Next on the hit list was the multiple G2 winning, G1 placed Serena Miss, daughter of Iffraaj (GB) and Gifted Lass and closely related to the Cornish family's very much loved multiple stakes winner Presently who at 17 years old still resides at Torryburn and plays an active role as a nanny. This filly is a much welcomed addition to our broodmare band.

We have also been very lucky to arrive the beautiful Ad Valorem (USA) mare Irish Pipedream onto the farm. Irish Pipedream was purchased by a client at last months Inglis mare sale and has come to Torryburn to foal down. The 3yo unraced maiden mare is in foal to Not A Single Doubt and is an exceptional type. Irish Pipedream is a half sister to G2 winner Rain Drum and we are looking forward to seeing her foal in early August.

As a side note, congratulations to Triple Crown Syndications on the sale of Peggy Jean for $1M to Widden Stud on the Gold Coast this week. Peggy Jean was pinhooked by Torryburn Stud as a weanling and went on to win the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes and the Inglis Classic (L) in 2014.

Conservative Outlay Can Pay Dividends

07-Jun-2016

One thing stands out whist reading through the recent race results for horses bred and raised at Torryburn and that is the number of horses that have sold for relatively conservative prices, going on to win races for their owners early in their racing carrer. These include the Darren Weirtrained Lasayette winning at Sandown at her third start on 23 March. The 3 year old filly was a $70K purchase by legendary bloostock agent John Foote and has seventeen owners including 3 syndicates (of who knows how many!).

Then in May, leading Queensland trainer Stuart Kendrick scored at the Sunshine Coast withLipsync, a $46K graduate of the Torryburn Magic Millions draft from 2015. Lipsync also boasts a bevvy of owners who must have stars in their eyes after their filly won on debut over 1100m. Stuart was obviously impressed and picked up her half sister by Stratum at this year's Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for just $24K! Astute bloodstock agent Brett Howard last week also picked up Lipsync's half brother weanling by Myboycharlie for just $26K. We wish both Stuart and Brett the best of luck with their progeny of Watch My Lips.

Tell The Judge, a $40K Inglis Easter 2 purchase for Aquanita Racing was race favorite and scored at Ballarat on 8 May. The Robert Smerdon trained colt had been well educated at the trials and did everything right for Mark Zahra to track the speed before accelerating away to win the 1100m maiden by and length and three-quarters.

Then it was Unmarked Bills the two year old Denman filly also purchased by Aquanita for $21K at the Inglis Classic who opened her account with a bold front running win at Belmont in Perth on Wednesday this week. Third on debut at Ascot last month, the Simon Miller trained filly showed good improvement from that outing to lead all the way and win the 1200m event by half a length. A positive future looms for Unmarked Bills and her group of nine excited owners.

We would at this point however like to acknowledge the not-so-conservative outlay of $200K that was paid by US based Spendthrift Farm at the Magic Millions the Redoute's Choice x Special Mission (NZ) colt for the Torryburn draft. An impressive debut for the colt now named Redoubleat Canterbury in April was cause for optimism for Spendthrift who last year purchased a number of colts with the aim of winning better races and creating stallion prospects with Redouble the first to salute. Spendthrift's Gary Cuddy said ''he's our first two year-old winner from those horses and hopefully there are more wins in store''.

Other notable wins for Torryburn breds include the wins by the progeny of Torryburn mare Le Sillage. Warwick Farm trainers Amanda Turner and Mauro Poletti celebrated the maiden win of Art of Excellence at Goulburn in March before Grey Glitter saluted in the Torryburn Stud colours at Doomben by half a head over 1350m for trainer Doug Roberts.

Breeding Season Looms

07-Jun-2016

We are now in the midst of finalising our stallion nominations for the 2016 breeding season and whilst the thought of another busy season can sometimes `seem daunting, we are very excited to have this year secured the services of one of the finest reproductive vets in the field. Whilst we have worked with Dr. Cecilia Cortina di Favria DVM on a casual basis in the past, we have secured her services as our usual reproductive vet for the upcoming season. Cecilia graduated from the university of Pise, Italy in 2002. After two years in equine practice she started a Diagnostic Imaging Internship at the University of Liege, Belgium. She came to Australia in 2005 working 2 breeding seasons at Arrowfield Stud. This was followed by a locum at Randwick Equine Centre taking yearling survey radiographs.  After fifteen months in mixed practice, she eventually joined Newcastle Equine Centre at the beginning of 2009. Her professional interests include equine reproduction and diagnostic imaging.

 

2016 Sale Wrap

07-Jun-2016

Torryburn's sale season is now over for the year with a total of 58 horses passing through the ring between February's Inglis Classic and the Inglis Classic Book 2 in May.

Our team received many comments from buyers and other vendors noting how well presented the Torryburn horses were this year. We put this down to a new feeding program, improved pasture and the addition of Vanessa Benson, recruited as Yearling Manager late last year. The top priced yearlings included a colt offered at Classic by Snitzel out of the Gulch mare Crevice, sold toPlatinum Park Enterprises for $220K to be trained by Gerald Ryan and the Sebring colt out of Miss Brightman which sold at Easter for $180K to Terry O'Sullivan and Randwick Bloodstock.

It was also fantastic to receive support from prominent syndicators such as Prime Thoroughbreds, Darby Racing, Dynamic Syndications and Malua Bloodstockas well as leading trainers Aquanita Racing, Paul Perry, Terry O'Sullivan, Queensland's Stuart Kendrick, up and coming Victorian trainer Henry Dwyer and local Hunter Valley trainer Pat Farrell who all purchased yearlings.

A series of dispersal's for our clients and ourselves saw a draft of 30 mares and weanlings offered at the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling sale this month. Torryburn achieved a 100% clearance at this sale achieving a top price of $280K for the mare Aliberani (pictured). Lucky for us this beautiful mare was purchased by bloodstock agent Ric Wylie for a very good Torryburn client and she will return to us to foal her 2016 foal by Dissident.

We would like to thank all of our clients who entrust us with their bloodstock as well as those who purchased our horses at the sales.

 

Brilliant Win for Deploy

24-Mar-2016

March 20 - It was only a matter of time before blue-blooded Fastnet Rock colt Deploy put it all together which he did at Wyong on Sunday to score a resounding five length victory.

The Gerald Ryan trained three year-old had chased home Saturday stakes-winner Southern Legend and Group I ATC Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain at his last three runs in midweek metropolitan company so was a short priced favourite for the 1000 metre maiden.

Deploy sat outside the leader for Christian Reith and dashed right away to win as he pleased.

A $450,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft, Deploy runs for a syndicate that includes his breeder as well as Segenhoe Thoroughbreds and Stallion Racing.

He is the third winner from three foals to race from Group III winning Red Ransom (USA) mare Crimson Reign.

Torryburn Stud will offer the current yearling from Crimson Reign, a chestnut colt by Snitzel, as Lot 244 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Torryburn Inaugural Off The Track Class

26-Feb-2016

They may have finished racing years ago but horse such as Oasis Sunrise with a grand total of zero dollars prizemoney from 4 starts as well as the handy galloper Field Dictator who amassed almost $63K in prizemoney are having another crack at stardom at the upcoming 2016 Gresford Show.

Torryburn Stud has initiated the inaugural Off The Track Classic for thoroughbreds who have raced or trailed in Australia or overseas.  The class to be run on Saturday 12 March is attracting thoroughbreds of differing abilities on the track who have been given a second career as a show horse upon retirement.  The class offers $500 cash for the winner of the ridden class and $200 for the winner of the led class - both of which will be judged by the judge of the hack ring in conjunction with a thoroughbred industry professional.  This year, Torryburn Stud's Yearling Manager Vanessa Benson, herself a keen equestrian will judge the event.  Vanessa has prepared thoroughbred yearlings for sale throughout the world and is looking forward to casting her experienced eye over the equine entrants.  Conformation, thoroughbred qualities and temperament will all be taken into account.

The versatility of the breed allows retired racehorses to be retrained in the different disciplines of equestrian sport including showjumping, eventing, dressage, polo and show riding and the dedication, time, money and effort that goes into preparing these horses for equestrian competition is enormous.  Pictured above is Torryburn Stud's own home bred Huckleberry Friend who went on to a rich career in the show world winning Champion Hack of Queensland.

The Class will qualify the winner and runner up of the ridden event for the State finals of the Off The Track Series.

Entries for the event are via www.nominate.com.au (select Ag Shows from the dropdown).  For further information, please call Melanie Sunderland on 02- 4938 9739.

Outstanding Classic Results for Torryburn Stud

09-Feb-2016

The 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale proved an outstanding success for Torryburn Stud, selling eight of the nine yearlings offered and one of the top priced yearlings of the sale.

Purchased by Platinum Park Enterprizes, the Snitzel colt out of Crevice was a standout and bought $220,000 – the highest priced Snitzel over the three day sale.  He will be trained by the king of the Snitzel trainers in Gerald Ryan.

Also topping the list of the twenty one yearlings by Denman to step through the ring, was Torryburn’s offering of the colt out of De Chorus.  Recording the highest price for the Darley stallion of $90,000, the athletic grey colt was purchased by Aquanita Racing.  We wish them all the best of luck with him.

Coming off the back of an extremely strong Magic Millions sale in January, Torryburn this year made the decision to concentrate on the Inglis sales and to hold back several of what we would consider ‘Magic Millions and Easter quality’ yearlings and market them through this Inglis Classic sale.

John Cornish was delighted with the sale results.  “To position these horses at the top of end of the second tier sale gives us a much better chance to showcase these particular horses and they certainly stood out”, he said.  “It also allows us to reduce the numbers of our Easter Yearling draft so they too have every chance to show why they should be there amongst the elite”, he continued.

Our Inglis Easter Yearlings have now been in from the paddock for several weeks and our Yearling Manager Vanessa Benson will today head back from Sydney to continue their preparation with her hardworking team.  We can’t wait to present our Easter draft and photos, pedigrees and videos will be accessible on our website in March.  Catalogues are now available from Inglis at inglis.com.au.

For further information, please contact Melanie Sunderland – melanie@cornishgroup.com.au or call 02-49389739.

Winning Weekend for Torryburn

25-Jan-2016

Kicking off a great weekend at the track for Torryburn horses was a second placing for the Gerald Ryan trained Fastnet Rock colt Deploy at Randwick and up the road in Newcastle, Sirius Spy landed a third for trainer Todd Howlett.  Both horses traveled well in heavy conditions.

The corks started popping however when Taltarni traveled beautifully to win for trainer Craig Carmody at Doomben bringing her prize money to just over $100K.

Storm Siren then followed up with a win in Newcastle.  The filly by Excites is a half sister to the Denman x De Chorus colt entered to the Torryburn draft at this years Inglis Classic Yearling sale which commences in just under two weeks' time. 

Another Newcastle success saw Swaane win at Newcastle for trainer Jason Deamer and her huge crew of owners.  Bennelong Bloodstock bred and out of resident Torryburn mare Unconditional Love, this is her second win in just over a month.  Unconditional Love visited Sebring in 2015.

Sunday kept the wins flowing with another of the grey brigade Daisy Duke flying home for a two and a half length win at Wyong.  Starting fair, the mare continued to travel very strongly on the bit to the corner and upon straightening, when asked to level out, she responded really well to go on to the line to win with authority.

Moving to Hong  Kong and opening his account with a fast finishing win at Sha Tin on Sunday was lightly raced three year-old Socket King (pictured). A $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Scone Bloodstock Services from the draft of Torryburn Stud, prepared by Dennis Yip and ridden by Zac Purton, Socket King powered home to win over 1200 metres by a short head at his fourth start. By Not a Single Doubt, Socket King was bred by Torryburn Stud is the second winner for US stakes-winner Ready to Live (USA), a More Than Ready half-sister to the dam of Group I winner Itsmyluckyday. Ready to Live produced a Smart Missile filly last year and was then covered by Epaulette.

Impressive Trial for Balestrand

29-Dec-2015

When you're a half brother to the likes of Ball of Muscle, Terravista and Tiger Tees there's a lot of pressure to perform.  But that's just what Balestrand did when he trialled for a very impressive third at Randwick against a high class field of runners this morning.  Trainer Peter Snowden was extremely impressed by his performance and is looking to trial him once more before setting him for his first race start.  Looks like Parfore may have produced another promising son and together with our partners in the horse we are really excited about what this latest son by the late Zabeel may achieve.  (Pictured here prior to departure to Snowdens stables for this current preparation).

Kikongo Wins Again!

09-Dec-2015

A homebred for Torryburn Stud, improving High Chaparral (IRE) mare Kikongo made it back to back wins at Hawkesbury when scoring a stylish victory on Saturday 5 December.

Pictured here at trackwork last week and prepared by Peter and Paul Snowden, Kikongo was favourite for the Class One event over 2000 metres and scored by half a length, her second win from eight starts.

Passed in shy of her $230,000 reserve at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Kikongo was retained to race and is a half-sister to Group II placed Ryker.

She is the fourth winner from four to race from well-bred import Mambo Chatte (USA), who died in 2012, so will be a nice addition for the Torryburn Stud broodmare band when her racing days are done.

Third Win for Taltarni

01-Dec-2015

The Torryburn Stud colours were carried to victory at Newcastle on Saturday 28 November by well-bred Stratum mare Taltarni, a three-quarter sister to Group II ATC Silver Slipper winner Chance Bye.

Prepared by Craig Carmody, Taltarni surged to the line to win by three-quarters of a length over 1350 metres, her third win from 12 starts.

Bred and retained to race by the Cornish family, Taltarni is the last foal of good producer Rouge Femme who died in 2012, so she will be a lovely broodmare for the future.

Another of Rouge Femme’s daughters, the Choisir mare Lustful, is already at stud for Torryburn and produced a colt by I Am Invincible this spring.

Torryburn Bred Filly Beats $4 Million Colt

05-Jun-2015

Goulburn, June 1 - Blue-blooded colt $4million purchase Emaratee trekked to Goulburn on Monday for his second start for the Hawkes Racing Team and again found one better going down in a competitive finish to lightly raced Excites filly Storm Siren.

The three year-old Fastnet Rock colt from River Dove jumped fast for Tommy Berry to take up the lead and held his position at the front on the fence and did look the winner briefly when turning for home until challenged strongly over the concluding stages by Storm Siren.

She powered through along the fence for Kathy O’Hara to snatch a short head win over the colt, improving on her last start second at the same track last month to break her maiden at start nine for Jason Coyle.

A modest $12,000 Inglis Classic Winter Book purchase for her trainer, bred and sold by Torryburn Stud, Storm Siren is the second winner for De Chorus, an Unbridled’s Song (USA) daughter of stakes-winner Val de Grace.

Emaratee was the second highest priced offering at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when bought by Emirates Park and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, behind Black Caviar’s ill-fated half-brother by Redoute’s Choice, who made $5 million but died before he was named.

Winning Day for Torryburn

11-May-2015

May 10 – Battered by the recent floods, the team at Torryburn Stud had reason to smile on Saturday with a flurry of winners emerging from the Cornish family owned boutique thoroughbred nursery at Gresford.

Two weeks ago Face Forward and Tower of Lonhro both won races in Melbourne and Perth and they repeated the effort on Saturday.

Three year-old Charge Forward filly Face Forward, a $105,000 Magic Millions purchase for First Light Racing from the draft of Torryburn Stud, claimed her fourth win from seven starts when scoring over 1200 metres at Flemington.

Prepared by Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Face Forward led throughout to win by a length and has now won over $121,000 in prizemoney.

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn Stud, she is the second winner for metro winning Danehill (USA) mare Endearment, who has a High Chaparral (IRE) weanling filly and was covered last year by Mossman.

Winner of the Listed WATC Grandstand Cup in March, the Adam Durrant trained Tower of Lonhro added another win to his tally when saluting at Belmont on Saturday over 2000 metres.

Tower of Lonhro has the overall record now 12 wins and six placings from 31 starts with prizemoney nearing $380,000.

A six year-old gelding by Lonhro, Tower of Lonhro was bred and sold by Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale in 2009 for $42,500 and is a half-brother to Group III winner Under the Eiffel from stakes-placed Danehill (USA) mare Spire.

Spire has a yearling filly and weanling colt by So You Think and was covered again by the 10-time Group I winner last spring.

Another winner foaled and raised at Torryburn was two year-old Snitzel colt Skyclad, who won at Rosehill for his breeders Kim and Steve Dyer.

The Gerald Ryan trained youngster overcame the outside gate to lead all the way and win by a length in an encouraging display.

Skyclad is the third winner from three foals to race from the Strategic mare Loulou, who is now owned by John Cornish and Stud Manager Reggie Blundell.

Loulou is due to foal to Hinchinbrook this spring.

Torryburn Stud were also thrilled to see Queensland Derby hero Sonntag return to form with a good win at Flemington as they purchased his dam Parfaits for $165,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year from a reduction of Darley stock.

Parfaits produced a filly by Denman for Torryburn last spring and is die to foal this year to Sebring.

Metro Double of Torryburn Winners

27-Apr-2015

April 26 – Torryburn Stud sold winners featured at Flemington and Ascot on Saturday with victories for improving filly Face Forward and recent stakes-winner Tower of Lonhro.

The first race at Flemington was won in commanding style by three year-old Charge Forward filly Face Forward, a $105,000 Magic Millions purchase for First Light Racing from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Face Forward bolted away to win the 1000 metre scamper by three lengths and has won three of six starts earning over $80,000 in prizemoney.

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn Stud, she is the second winner for metro winning Danehill (USA) mare Endearment, who has a High Chaparral (IRE) weanling filly and was covered last year by Mossman.

Winner of the Listed WATC Grandstand Cup last month, the Adam Durrant trained Tower of Lonhro added another win to his tally when saluting at Ascot on Saturday over 1800 metres.

Tower of Lonhro has the overall record now 11 wins and six placings from 30 starts with prizemoney nearing $340,000.

A six year-old gelding by Lonhro, Tower of Lonhro was bred and sold by Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale in 2009 for $42,500 and is a half-brother to Group III winner Under the Eiffel from stakes-placed Danehill (USA) mare Spire.

Spire has a yearling filly and weanling colt by So You Think and was covered again by the 10-time Group I winner last spring.

Heroic Actions As Torryburn Hit By 100 Year Flood

22-Apr-2015

21/4/15

To All Torryburn Stud Clients and Friends
 
Today the lower hunter valley and Paterson valley experienced the worst flooding in recorded history, a period of over 100 years.
 
Our farm was hammered by waves of severe storms described by weather forecasters as a cyclone two event in its intensity.
 
At nearby Dungog there has been tragic loss of life, homes destroyed and mass evacuations. At Torryburn we have had around 300 ml of rain in the past 24 hours including over 80 ml in one hour this morning.
 
The normally placid creek running through Torryburn is a raging river whilst the beautiful Allyn River to which we have a substantial frontage, has risen by over 20 meters and wiped out a massive bridge which is the only access to ours and our neighbours' farms.
 
The future for the next few days doesn't look great, with no access, no power, no phones and so on, and it's still raining with high winds and very heavy rain predicted tonight.
 
However on a positive note the truly heroic efforts of Stewart, Rob and Alaina and Jess has resulted in no loss of stock, and their efforts to launch a small tinny to cross over the flooded creek to a heavily inundated part of the farm, was amazing.
 
They hand walked 50 or so horses to safe ground through difficult paddocks inundated with water, where all fencing was washed away and roadways had  became mini rivers. 

Thank you all.
 
So for the next few days please excuse us if we are a bit slow in getting back to you as  my senior execs including Reggie, Caroline and Mel are either experiencing storm damage on their own properties and / or can't even get to Torryburn.
 
I know that you will be patient and we will keep you informed as best we can under the circumstances.

Stakes Win for Tower of Lonhro

23-Mar-2015

Perth, March 21 - Bred by Torryburn Stud, six year-old Lonhro gelding Tower of Lonhro snared his first Black Type win on Saturday in Perth when scoring a strong finishing win in the Listed WATC Grandstand Cup.

Tower of Lonhro has been racing consistently in the West since transferring across from Victoria in 2013 and was turned out fit and ready to fire by his trainer Adam Durrant at his third run back from a spell.

Tower of Lonhro overcame the outside drawn in a field of 10 to win the 1500 metre contest by half a length, his overall record now 10 wins and five placings from 27 starts with prizemoney nearing $280,000.

Tower of Lonhro was sold by Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale in 2009 for $42,500 and is a half-brother to Group III winner Under the Eiffel from stakes-placed Danehill (USA) mare Spire.

Spire has a yearling filly and colt foal by So You Think and was covered again by the 10-time Group I winner last spring.

Torryburn Stud will present a select draft of eight at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, click here to see the draft.

Smart Win for Kind Heart

12-Mar-2015

Sydney, March 11 – The opening race at Randwick on Wednesday was won by nicely bred Shamardal (USA) filly Kind Heart, a $160,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Astute Bloodstock from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

From the last crop of Australian conceived foals by former Darley shuttler Shamardal, Kind Heart showed the benefit of recent racing when she settled well for Hugh Bowman from an outside gate and found the line strongly.

She let down with a good turn of foot and kept going to the line to win the 1100 metre maiden by a long neck carrying the familiar colours of well-known owner Peter Horwitz.

The John Thompson trained filly is entered for the $500,000 Group II Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick on April 11 and now that she’s broken the ice could easily keep right on improving.

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn, Kind Heart is the fifth winner from five to race from Group III winner Natural Woman.

Torryburn Stud will present a select draft of seven for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Click here to see the draft.

Impressive Win for Joyful Journey

27-Feb-2015

Hawkesbury, February 26 – Torryburn Stud bred Joyful Journey, a lightly raced well-bred filly entered for the Group I ATC Australian Oaks, cast off maiden status at Hawkesbury on Thursday for Team Hawkes.

A daughter of high class Darley shuttler Shamardal (USA), Joyful Journey carried the Vinery Stud colours to a head victory in the 1300 metre maiden as favourite.

A touch slow to begin from a wide gate, she was allowed to find her feet by Tommy Berry and gradually hit top gear down the running with her last furlong easily her best.

Resuming from a spell following two good runs for a fourth and a second in smart company in her first preparation, Joyful Journey is entered for several major races at The Championships so is well worth following.

A $340,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft, Joyful Journey is a half-sister to stakes-winner Landing and is the fourth winner from Group III winning Flying Spur mare Joy of Flight, whose two year-old filly by Bernardini (USA), Almashooqa won easily in South Africa on debut last week.

Joy of Flight has a yearling colt by More Than Ready (USA), a filly foal by Street Cry (IRE) and was covered by So You Think last spring.

Torryburn Bred Winner in South Africa

25-Feb-2015

South Africa, February 18 – Opening her account with a dazzling four length win at Scottsville in South Africa on Wednesday was two year-old Bernardini (USA) filly Almashooqa, a $330,000 Inglis Easter Shadwell purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Trained by Mike de Kock and ridden by Anthony Delpech, Almashooqa strode clear to win the 1200 metre maiden by four lengths in a dominant display.

A half-sister to stakes-winner Landing, Almashooqa was bred by Torryburn Stud and is the third winner for Group III winning Flying Spur mare Joy of Flight.

A stunning individual, she was the most expensive yearling by Darley shuttler Bernardini sold in Australia in 2014. 

Joy of Flight has a yearling colt by More Than Ready (USA), a filly foal by Street Cry (IRE) and was covered by So You Think last spring.

Torryburn Stud will present a quality draft of eight for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Click here to see the draft.

Lonhro Sprinter Wins Again

27-Jan-2015

Hong Kong , January 25 - Scoring his third win at Sha Tin on Sunday from just eight starts was promising Lonhro four year-old Why Why, a $220,000 Magic Millions purchase for the Hong Kong Jockey Club from the draft of Torryburn Stud, whose three-quarter brother is headed for Inglis Easter.

Now with Paul O’Sullivan, Why Why resumed from a 10 week let up to score over 1200 metres by a length and a half at his previous run and kept up the good work when stepping up to Class Three company to win by more than a length.

Bred by Torryburn Stud, Why Why is the second winner for smart metropolitan winning O’Reilly mare Tell Someone, a half-sister to stakes-winner Legsman and to the dam of Group I winner Brambles.

Tell Someone is also the grand-dam of Group II winner Traitor and has a yearling colt by Lonhro’s Group I winning son Denman that will be offered by Torryburn Stud as Lot 480 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. 

Tell Someone has another Denman colt foal to follow and was covered by Mossman last spring.

Torryburn Celebrate a Randwick Winner

19-Jan-2015

Randwick, January 18 - A homebred for the Cornish family owned Torryburn Stud, progressive four year-old Brettan scored a tenacious long head win at Randwick on Saturday.

Prepared by Anthony Cummings, the son of Commands led throughout and fought on strongly to win the 1600 metre contest by a long head, his third win from nine starts.

“It was a really good win for him first up and then it was a touch too long into his second up run,” said Cummings.

“He took benefit from that though and you can see that today.

“He’s a really nice horse and good to deal with, so has quite a bright future.”

Brettan is the first winner for Raheights, a metro winning half-sister by Rahy to stakes-winners Moulin Lady and Bannock.

Raheights has a yearling filly by Snitzel that has been entered for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale by Torryburn Stud and was covered last year by dual Group I winner Zoustar in his first season at stud.

Brettan was the second leg a of a winning double at Randwick for horses foaled and raised at Torryburn Stud with four year-old Northern Meteor mare Nisroc saluting for Bennelong Bloodstock.

A model of consistency, Nisroc has five wins and three placings from 11 starts with prizemoney topping $160,000, so it was probably a good thing when she passed in shy of a modest reserve when consigned by Torryburn Stud for Bennelong Bloodstock at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Foaled and raised at Torryburn, Nisroc is from South African Group II winner Dash for Gretna (SAfr), who was on-sold by Bennelong Bloodstock in 2011 for $20,000.

Torryburn Stud will be offering a draft of 13 for the upcoming Inglis Classic Yearling Sale on February 8, 9 and 10.

This is the sale at which they sold Group I winner Peggy Jean for $46,000 to Triple Crown Syndications, so it’s a draft not to be missed!

Torryburn Sold Winner at Sunshine Coast

06-Jan-2015

Sunshine Coast, January 4 – Opening her career with a tenacious debut win at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday was talented Snitzel filly Bukekayo, a $26,000 Inglis Classic Winter Book purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft.

Prepared by Chris Anderson, Bukekayo led throughout from a wide gate and fought on strongly to win the 1200 metre maiden by a short half head.

Bukekayo is the second winner from three foals to race from Loulou and is a full sister to this season’s promising two year-old Snitzel colt Skyclad, who was third on debut in a hot two year-old race at Rosehill in December won by Voilier with Magic Millions contender Zoutenant second.

Loulou is now owned by John Cornish and Stud Manager Reggie Blundell, has a yearling filly by Myboycharlie (IRE) and is in foal to Hinchinbrook.

Nisroc Wins Again for Bennelong Bloodstock

05-Jan-2015

Sydney, November 28 - Promising Northern Meteor mare Nisroc scored her fourth win from eight starts when saluting at Warwick Farm on Friday for her breeders Bennelong Bloodstock.

Now with Ron Quinton after being transferred from Darren Smith earlier in the year, Nisroc snatched a long head win in the Benchmark 70 event over 1400 metres, taking her overall earnings to in excess of $113,000.

A model of consistency, Nisroc has missed a place just once in eight starts so it was probably a good thing when she passed in shy of a modest reserve when consigned by Torryburn Stud for Bennelong Bloodstock at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Foaled and raised at Torryburn, Nisroc is one of two winners from South African Group II winner Dash for Gretna (SAfr), who was on-sold by Bennelong Bloodstock in 2011 for $20,000.

Interestingly, she had a two year-old by Stratum sell for $260,000 at the NZB Ready to Run Sale last week.

Second Hong Kong Win for Why Why

05-Jan-2015

Hong Kong , January 1 - Scoring  his second win at Sha Tin on New Year’s Day was Lonhro four year-old Why Why, a $220,000 Magic Millions purchase for the Hong Kong Jockey Club from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Now with Paul O’Sullivan, Why Why resumed from a 10 week let up to score over 1200 metres by a length and a half, breaking through after a string of minor placings since his debut win in October 2013.

Bred by Torryburn Stud, Why Why is the second winner for smart metropolitan winning O’Reilly mare Tell Someone, a half-sister to stakes-winner Legsman and to the dam of Group I winner Brambles.

Tell Someone is also the grand-dam of Group II winner Traitor and has a yearling colt and colt foal by Denman.

Torryburn Celebrate Group One Success

11-Nov-2014

November 11 - From the fastest foal in the paddock to the fastest sprinter at Flemington, racing’s latest millionaire Terravista has a story to tell.

Rising sprint star Terravista confirmed Joe Pride’s huge opinion of him by winning the $1million Group I VRC Darley Classic at Flemington last Saturday on the same day his four year-old half-brother Ball of Muscle took another step up the ladder with a dominant win at Randwick – both horses foaled and raised at the Cornish family owned Torryburn Stud.

Terravista and Ball of Muscle are from Mike Ryan’s star producer Parfore, a New Zealand bred 17 year-old daughter of Gold Brose that has also given us Group I winner Tiger Tees, Singapore champion Super Easy and smart stakes-winner Our Lukas.

Since being acquired by Mr Ryan in 2004 for $30,000 at the NZB National Bloodstock Sale through Paul Willetts, Parfore has spent much of her time at stud in New Zealand, but when she has come across to Australia for any length of time, her base has been at Torryburn under the care of Stud Manager, Reggie Blundell.

“It came about through mutual friends that had horses with us and she arrived here in foal to Captain Rio,” explained Reggie Blundell.

“When they told me I said, ‘Captain what?’… I’d never heard of him!”

Terravista was born at Torryburn on November 5, 2009 and the next year Parfore delivered another colt (Ball of Muscle) at the farm by Dubawi (IRE), before being sent back to New Zealand empty.

“She is a lovely mare, big and strong with no vices and a placid temperament,” said Blundell.

“She puts so much substance and bone into those foals. They are all like her in that regard, massive shoulders and hindquarters, big horses with a great attitude.

“She’s just a very good broodmare in the way she raises them. They get the physical type and she makes plenty of milk, so they grow big and strong, but also the mental side of it. It’s a bit like any mother that does a particularly good job raising their children.”

A foal that was born with a huge head and was an awkward big baby in the early days, Terravista captivated Reggie from the start.

“Like his mother he is very calm and cruisy and spent a lot of time sleeping as a foal,” she revealed.

“I was watching them in the paddock one day and the other foals and their mothers moved off and left him on his own.

“The other foals were always picking on him and wanting him to play and he just wanted to sleep.

“Anyway he woke up and realised they had gone and he jumped up, took one look where they were and bolted over to them and straight past me.

“I’ve never seen a foal move from whoa to go that fast, the power of the pick-up was amazing!”

Time passed and his breeder Mike Ryan decided to put a value on the colt and syndicate him among friends, so it was mentioned to Reggie that she might like to take a share.

“I had some money put away that I had in mind to spend on a horse and I just had a gut feeling about him so I took 5%,” Blundell said.

“He won his first start and not long after another 5% share became available and it was offered to me and after much consideration and discussion with my husband I bought that as well, but at his very next start he fractured his pelvis… I just felt sick! I can’t tell you how disappointing it was.”

Returned to Torryburn to rest and recuperate, Terravista eventually went back into work and won his next three starts before finishing second in the Listed ATC Festival Stakes.

“He had a little chip on a knee that we had to get sorted so there was some more time off, but I always think things happen for a reason and the injuries he’s had probably made us give him the time he needed in the first place,” Blundell said.

“We’re really busy here at the moment as you can imagine with the breeding season and Magic Millions yearlings coming in, but I saw a window of opportunity to go to Melbourne last Saturday to watch him race and grabbed it.

“When you work with horses like we do, you realise how rare it is to actually own a share in a horse that has a real chance in a Group I race, so it was something I didn’t want to miss.

“Hugh Bowman is the perfect rider for him as he understands him so well and can keep his momentum going which is so important for a big horse like him.

“I looked up at the furlong and thought, he’s going to run a nice race… but then it was like the waters parted and that big chestnut head came through the gap.

“It’s all been a bit surreal the last few days. To have foaled him down myself and then had him here all the way through in between preparations, makes it just so special.

“All the boys that are in him are mates and have all had hands on involvement with the horse up at the farm, so it’s been a team effort.”

Terravista is due back to Torryburn to spell on Wednesday where he will join his older half-brother Tiger Tees, who is also spelling and his younger two year-old half-brother by Zabeel that is being readied for his first preparation.

“Tiger Tees has spelled with us in recent times and had a long break here before he went back in and won the Group I Galaxy earlier this year,” said Blundell.

“He’d been a bit out of form when he arrived, so it was very satisfying to look after him for those few months and see him go back and soar to new heights.”

The Zabeel colt arrived from New Zealand six weeks ago and has already won approval from Reggie, who has taken a share in this one too.

“I wanted to see him before I decided, but he’s an outstanding colt, although more of a Zabeel as you would expect so maybe a bit more of a stayer,” Blundell said.

“He’s already broken in, but will be heading to Tim Boland this week for some early education and pre-training before he goes to Peter and Paul Snowden.”

Given the fabulous track record of Parfore to such a wide variety of sires, once can only wonder what her mating with a champion sire such as Zabeel will produce.

Watch this space!

Torryburn Delighted with Parfaits Foal

26-Sep-2014

September 26 – Earlier this year Torryburn Stud had the good fortune to purchase 10 year-old mare Parfaits from the Darley draft at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $165,000 and just weeks after the sale her first born foal Sonntag won the Group I BRC Queensland Derby.

A half-sister by Strategic to Group I winning sprinter Flavour and to the dam of Group III winner Raspberries, Parfaits is from the former smart sprinter Ice Cream Sundae, a daughter of Victoria Derby winner and successful sire Sovereign Red.

She was offered in foal to Denman and the result of that mating is this beautiful bay filly.

“We are just delighted with the type of foal she has thrown,” said  Stud Manager Reggie Blundell.

“The filly has great scope, good leg and is very balanced.”

Parfaits is booked to visit Widden Stud’s progressive sire Sebring, who will cover his best ever book of mares this year which includes Black Caviar.

Jessy Belle Starts Season on a High

04-Aug-2014
Melbourne, August 2 – Starting then new racing season with a bold front running win at Moonee Valley on Saturday was talented mare Jessy Belle, a $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Luke Oliver, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) has had a productive three year-old season winning four of 12 starts and picked up where she left off when taking out the Benchmark 90 event over a mile by three-quarters of a length.

“Every time we’ve raised the bar she has stepped up and I’ve had less talented horses than her be very competitive in stakes races before,” said Luke Oliver.

“She’s won three races at Moonee Valley now, but in saying that she’s pretty versatile and there’s a few mares mile races over the spring which we can look at now.”

Bred by Bennelong Bloodstock and consigned for sale by Torryburn, Jessy Belle has won $288,815 for her big group of owners and is the first winner for well-bred metropolitan winner Unconditional Love, a daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Caulfield Success for Jessy Belle

09-Jul-2014
Caulfield, July 5– Scoring another determined win at Caulfield on Saturday was talented filly Jessy Belle, a $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Luke Oliver, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) has had a productive three year-old season claiming her fourth win when fighting on too strongly for the colts to snatch a short half head win in the 1400 metre open three year-old event.

“She is just a good horse, she never runs a bad race and she is such a trier,” Luke Oliver said.

"She's definitely a black type filly in the spring or whenever. She is definitely going to make the grade from a three-year-old to an older horse."

Bred by Bennelong Bloodstock and consigned for sale by Torryburn, Jessy Belle has won $226,415 for her big group of owners and is the first winner for well-bred metropolitan winner Unconditional Love, a daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Fastnet Juvenile Wins on Debut

04-Jul-2014
Cranbourne, July 3 - Champion sire Fastnet Rock posted his second debut juvenile winner this week when Fastnet Diva saluted at Cranbourne on Thursday for the Hawkes Racing team.

A $220,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft, Fastnet Diva led throughout and fought on strongly to defy all challengers and win the 1200 metre maiden by a short head.

Bred by Tony and Joe Bongiorno and foaled and raised at Torryburn, Fastnet Diva is the third winner from three foals to race from Lucky Diva, a Group III winning sibling to stakes-winners Spirit of Westbury, Gina Lollawitcha and Duke of Westbury.

Lucky Diva has a yearling full sister to Fastnet Diva and a Redoute’s Choice weanling colt with a foal due this spring by Commands.

Another Smart Win for Traitor

20-Mar-2014
Sydney, February 26 - Promising three year-old Traitor scored his second win from just five starts when racing away to score easily on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.

The Hawkes Racing prepared Mossman gelding travelled midfield for Brenton Avdulla before surging away to take the 1400 metre contest by two lengths, taking his earnings .past $74,000 in prizemoney.

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn Stud, Traitor was purchased by Hawkes Racing for $75,000 at Magic Millions and is the first foal of placed Flying Spur mare Informant.

Informant comes from the family of six-time Group I winner Slight Chance, Group I BRC Queensland Derby winner Brambles and Group I producing sire Dane Shadow.

Torryburn Stud sold the current yearling from Informant, a colt by Magic Albert, to Anthony Cummings for $40,000 at the recent Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Informant has a filly foal by Duporth and was covered last spring by Bernardini (USA).

Traitor Impresses at Warwick Farm

20-Mar-2014
Sydney, January 29 - Promising three year-old Traitor was sent north for a first up crack at the $100,000 Magic Millions maiden at the Gold Coast in early January and while that plan did not pay off, connections took solace from an easy victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The Hawkes Racing prepared Mossman gelding was sent forward by Tommy Berry to be up on the pace and accelerated strongly down the running to win the 1400 metre maiden by two and a half lengths at his third start.

“He’ll be a better horse ridden more quietly, but he jumped so well and put himself right there,” said Berry.

“He was a winner on the way to the gates, he felt that good!”

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn Stud, Traitor was purchased by Hawkes Racing for $75,000 at Magic Millions and is the first foal of placed Flying Spur mare Informant.

Informant comes from the family of six-time Group I winner Slight Chance, Group I BRC Queensland Derby winner Brambles and Group I producing sire Dane Shadow.

Torryburn Stud sold the current yearling from Informant, a colt by Magic Albert, to Anthony Cummings for $40,000 at the recent Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Informant has a filly foal by Duporth and was covered last spring by Bernardini (USA).

Torryburn Stud Sell Inglis Classic Winner

20-Jan-2014
Sydney, January 18 - Triple Crown Syndications are no stranger to success in the $250,000 Inglis Classic having won the race previously with Miss Independent in 2008 and Cavalry Rose in 2012, their red and white colours carried to victory again at Randwick on Saturday in the rich Inglis sales incentive race by talented filly Peggy Jean.

The Gerald Ryan trained daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE) was a good second to highly rated Gai Waterhouse trained filly Nayeli on debut on January 8.

She showed good improvement on that run for this tougher assignment against the colts, finishing solidly from back in the field for Kerrin McEvoy to overhaul spring stakes-winner Boomwaa and win by a short neck.

From just two starts, Peggy Jean has won $181,425 in prizemoney, providing an outstanding return for her big group of owners.

“Back in September she was up and going and we decided to put her away and aim her at this race,” Gerald Ryan said.
 
“It was a blessing. She grew, she matured and although she was fiery early she settled into the game.
 
“She is a really nice filly, but I think she will be better later on over 1600 metres.”

Ryan was quick to dismiss Peggy Jean as a Golden Slipper horse, but believes she will make her mark in the future.

“If she was to win a good race it would be over a mile maybe something like the Fernhill or the Champagne,” he said.
 
“We will take her home, let the dust settle and decide what to do with her.”

Peggy Jean was bought by Triple Crown Syndications for $46,000 from the Torryburn Stud draft and was a successful pinhook having been bought previously by Stud Manager Reggie Mackellar for $25,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

“She was actually my first pin hook that I bought up at the Magic Millions as a weanling,” revealed Reggie Mackellar.

“I called John Cornish (Torryburn Stud owner) whilst I was up at the sale and asked if he would like to go halves with me in the filly as I just loved her on type plus I loved her pedigree.”

Peggy Jean is the first foal of Lady of Love, an unraced half-sister by Lago Delight to stakes-placed Prince of Dane from the family of Group I winners Lady Jakeo and Mrs Onassis.

She is the second Inglis stakes-winner to emerge from the 2013 Inglis Classic draft from Torryburn Stud joining Dubleo (USA) filly Silversands, who was a $35,000 purchase and won the $255,000 Inglis Banner race on Cox Plate Day.



Torryburn Sold Winner Gives Christmas Cheer

20-Jan-2014
Cranbourne, December 27 - Providing some belated Christmas cheer for Mornington trainer Sam Pritchard-Gordon at Cranbourne on Friday was Tale of the Cat (USA) three year-old Barcelona Bound, a $35,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Resuming from a spell of 40 weeks following an unplaced debut back in March, Barcelona Bound stormed to the lead turning for home and went to the line strongly to win the 1200 metre maiden by a short neck.

Bred by Torryburn Stud, Barcelona Bound is the third winner from three foals to race for Watch My Lips, a Royal Academy (USA) daughter of Group II winner Mardi’s Magic from the family of champion miler Racing to Win and Group I producing sire Purrealist.

The current yearling from Barcelona Bound is a filly by Domesday that will be offered by Torryburn Stud at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale as Lot 473.

Torryburn Stud will also be selling at Magic Millions with a select draft of six for themselves and clients including a half-brother to Group II winning juvenile Brightexpectations and a half-sister to champion Japanese trained mare Better Life.

Jessy Belle Wins Again

20-Jan-2014
Moonee Valley, December 28 – Scoring another determined win at Moonee Valley on Saturday was promising filly Jessy Belle, a $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Luke Oliver, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) has been in hot form since breaking her maiden at Kilmore on November 12.
Last start she claimed a lucrative $50,000 Inglis bonus when winning at Moonee Valley and looked just as good when scoring again at the same venue albeit stepped up to the 1600 metres for the first time.

She covered ground but still proved too good in forging clear to win by half a length, her overall record now three wins and two placings from six starts with prizemoney nearing $150,000.

“She’s had a fantastic preparation and has now won two in a row at The Valley,” said Luke Oliver.

“People keep underestimating her and she keeps getting the job done.

“She’ll have a short spell now and a freshen up for the autumn. She was strong at the mile so maybe the Oaks in South Australia will be an option.”

Bred by Bennelong Bloodstock and consigned for sale by Torryburn, Jessy Belle is the first winner for well-bred metropolitan winner Unconditional Love, a daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Torryburn Stud will be presenting another stunning collection of yearlings at sales in 2014 starting with six for Magic Millions and 12 for Inglis Classic.












$50,000 Inglis Bonus for Jessy Belle

20-Jan-2014

Moonee Valley, December 13 – Scoring a tenacious win to capture a $50,000 Inglis bonus at Moonee Valley on Friday night was promising filly Jessy Belle, a $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Torryburn Stud.

Prepared by Luke Oliver, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) broke her maiden two starts ago at Kilmore with a dominant win and produced another personal best to claim her first metropolitan success.

She led throughout for Chris Symons and fought on in determined fasion to takle the 15000 metre Benchmark 70 contest by a half neck and has now won two races and placed twice from just five starts.

Bred by Bennelong Bloodstock and consigned for sale by Torryburn, Jessy Belle is the first winner for well-bred metropolitan winner Unconditional Love, a daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Torryburn Stud will be presenting another stunning collection of yearlings at sales in 2014 starting with six for Magic Millions and 12 for Inglis Classic.

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