Brazen Beau signaled that better things might be on the way from his second crop with the win of his high priced two year-old son Ideas Man at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
Ideas Man captured the Listed $500,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) on debut at Moonee Valley and give himself a chance to win a $3 million Inglis Triple Crown Bonus.
Third in the same race was another Brazen Beau two year-old in Arctic Ice. The Ellerton/Zahra prepared filly was an eye-catching effort to grab third after settling back in last position.
“There were a lot of good judges at the yearling sales this year who rated Brazen Beau’s second crop as far superior types to his first crop," said Ontrack Thoroughbred's Grant Morgan.
“That was reflected in the amazing prices his yearlings fetched this year and so far, it looks like they might be on the money."
Ideas Man was one of the higher priced Brazen Beau's sold this year, fetching $575,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He was the fifth highest Brazen Beau sold this year in Australia, with his highest yearling fetching $1.15m.
With his second Australian crop more than flying the flag earlier in the two year-old season, Brazen Beau's three year-old crop have also been out in force during the Spring.
Also at Moonee Valley, his very good looking three year-old son Sartorial Splendor showed blistering speed to record his first stakes success, giving Brazen Beau a stakes double on the Cox Plate Card.
The John Sadler prepared 3yo never looked in doubt to lead all the way in capturing the Group 3 Australia Stakes (1200m).
In Sydney, the Gerald Ryan prepared Colada (by Brazen Beau) was third in the $1m Bondi over the Randwick mile. That effort backed up his last start win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at the same track, in course record time.
“Certainly his current crop of three-year-olds have trained on and he’s been represented by Group 2 winner Colada and the Group 3 winner Sartorial Splendor so far this season."
“That’s no great surprise because Brazen Beau made a lot of improvement from two to three and it looks like his offspring are going to be the same," said Morgan.
"I think they will train right on. I Am Invincible seems to leave them better as they get older. They all have such great attitudes so its easy to see why they are out and going as 2yo's."
Serious judges are sitting up and taking notice of the Japanese stallion Real Impact’s first Australian crop.
At the Inglis Ready To Run Sale in Sydney yesterday, Real Impact was leading first season sire with his highest priced lot being the Real Impact-Only Roses colt which fetched $310,000.
Real Impact is a son of the champion stallion Deep Impact and he raced twice in Australia for a Group One win in the George Ryder Stakes at Randwick before running an enormous second to Kermadec in the Doncaster Mile.
He shuttles to Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley and his first crop in this country are two-year-olds. In Japan he’s leading first season sire with 12 individual winners.
“The Japanese breeding industry is as strong as any country in the world and is poised to be a significant influence on Australian racing,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We saw Japanese galloper Mer De Glace produced a superb staying performance to win the Caulfield Cup last Saturday and he became the 10th Australian Group One winner from Japan.
“They invested heavily in quality stallions in the 1980s and 90s and now they are breeding world class horses.
“When you see heavy hitters such as Arrowfield Stud standing a number of Japanese-based stallions you know they are going to have a significant impact on our breeding and racing industry.
“Ontrack bought a lovely Real Impact colt at the June Magic Millions Sale and he’s an absolute belter.
“He broke in beautifully and has looked great in his first educational preparation and is spelling now before heading to champion trainer Tony Gollan at Eagle Farm.
“We like this colt a lot, and the popularity of his first crop at the Inglis Ready To Run Sale is a great pointer to the ability his youngsters are showing,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack’s classy sprinter Tavisan displayed his intense speed with an all the way win in the $100,000 Apache Cat Classic at Cranbourne on Sunday.
The dashing son of Tavistock drew poorly and jumped from gate 8, but a positive ride from Jamie Kah saw him cross the field and get to the rails. Chased hard in the run home, he dug deep to hold his rivals for a convincing win.
“It was great to see him ridden positively and that’s the key with this horse,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Because he’s a son of Tavistock, who predominantly gets horses that run a trip, Tavisan has often been tagged as a horse that can be ridden quietly and allowed to run home.
“Ontrack has been convinced he’s a fast sprinter who is best when ridden positively and we picked out the Apache Cat Classic a while back and put the race firmly on his programme.
“Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior agreed and sent the horse to their Warnambool base for a couple of weeks of beach work and that really set the horse up for Cranbourne.
“We’ve decided to follow that path once more and Tavisan is now at Warrnambool enjoying a change of scenery and some salt air.
“There are two races down the straight at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup week and we will pick one of these races closer to the time,” said Grant Morgan.
Co-trainer Michael Kent said Tavisan came through the Cranbourne race in good order.
“He’s a sound, healthy horse and really thrives with those mini breaks at our Warrnambool break.
“He absolutely loves it there and we mix up the work with trips to the beach, some water walking and the odd gallop on the grass at the Warrnambool course.
“Tavisan will spend another week there and then head back to Caulfield and keep ticking over before Flemington on Cup Day or Oaks Day.
“He was very good in the Apache Classic and we know he likes the Flemington straight course so we look forward to him running well again,” said Michael Kent.
Congratulations to our owners: Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Adrian Abrecht, Jim Lagos, Lewis Prince, Eric Newsome, David Worthley, Vin Harink, Mark Snowden, Mark Ostermeyer, Neil Evison, Mark Horn, Lisa Saxton, Bebe Mawer.
The annual Ontrack Hunter Valley Horse and Wine Tour is over for 2019 after another special week in thoroughbred heaven for the tour party.
The 28 participants returned home after five special days in the Hunter Valley and the chance to see the powerhouse of thoroughbred breeding in Australia.
“It was another fantastic group of people and they all had a fantastic time. While the studs would love some rain we had perfect weather,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“The studs were all fantastic and Ontrack owes a great debt to all the farms for their fantastic hospitality.
“Each stud has a magnificent array of stallions but a special moment was being at Coolmore Stud and able to get a close up look at two Triple Crown winners in American Pharoah and Justify.
“Australia has never played host to a pair of Triple Crown winners and it was fantastic to see both stallions.
“This year’s tour was a mix of new and previous tour clients and they proved to be a terrific bunch and it was a pleasure to make new friends and catch up with old friends.
The tour also featured a new dining venue for the Hunter Valley Tour Group.
This years Welcome Dinner was staged at the new Brokenwood Wines Cellar Door restaurant "The Wood".
The next Hunter Valley Tour will be staged in October 2020.
Dates will be released in the coming weeks for this and all the Ontrack Tours for 2020, as well as for Royal Ascot in 2021.