Spring Growth

10th September 2019


With Spring comes new growth and as we ease into Spring 2019 some new horses are emerging for DGR and associates. Three Year Old Profit by Dundeel from Opportunity is unbeaten in his two career starts thus far. While he is yet to become a “Profit” in prizemoney terms and it is far from a Done Deal that he will, but he certainly has the opportunity to do so. Ref: Breednet https://www.breednet.com.au/news/8050/derby-dreamer-for-dundeel

Fellow Dundeel 3yo Mystery Trick also won on debut in August weeks and while he found the Group 3 Ming Dynasty a bridge to far at his subsequent start, he too will have an opportunity to so in the Autumn having been put away by his trainer Bjorn Baker for now.

Yet another Dundeel for our connections, the cutely named 3yo filly Stick ‘Em Up, out of Shoot Fer Love a half sister to Grupo 1 her Shoot Out, has started to show some staying potential with a nice third placing last start over 1500m. The further the better for this filly into spring.

Not every horse we race is by super stallion Dundeel. Another 3yo filly who will appreciate more distance is last start placed daughter of Nicconi called Wurnic, doing so this last Sunday hailing from the growing association with Anderson Heathcote stable.

Some interesting unraced or lightly raced three olds around our team by stallions such as Reliable Man, Redoutes Choice, Smart Missile & Iffraaj are warming up via barrier trials for various trainers while yet another fellow 3yo called Craftmanship, by Savabeel this time, in the care of the Price Kent Jnr stable won when resuming in Melbourne on the first day of Spring. He too will have his opportunity going forward from his two career starts to date.

Not restricted to just our three year olds, we are looking forward with some optimism with our group performing four years olds like Purple Sector and Carif this spring.

Profit returns to scale at Eagle Farm on Saturday 7th September thus far unbeaten

Profit returns to scale at Eagle Farm on Saturday 7th September thus far unbeaten

Indeed An Honour with Hall Of Fame Induction

I was honoured to make the acceptance speech for So You Think’s induction into the Racing Hall Of Fame in Brisbane on Friday 17th May. It is not the first time having had a similar honour when Saintly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Adelaide ceremony a few years prior. Both great horses and worthy inductees and similarly carrying the famous Black & White Checks, Yellow Sleeves of owner, the Late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam and trained for him by Hall Of Fame Legend the Late Bart Cummings.

These colours continue to be represented at the top level with Purple Sector carrying them to victory in the Rough Habit Plate Group3 on 11th May. June 8th we have every expectation to see these colours adorn runners in the two year old and three year old Group 1 races of the day at Eagle Farm.

Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony 17th May 2019 - Brisbane

Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony 17th May 2019 - Brisbane

A Champion Result

Friday 4th May’s Chairman’s Sale at Inglis Riverside saw the sale of “NORZITA” to John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud for $1.7m. A poignant moment for DGR she was offered as one of the last core breeding assets of the estate of the Late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam. Sold in foal to Snitzel, Norzita was purchased by DGR for her racing owners Dato’ Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud and Tunku Ahmad’s Westcode Pty Ltd for NZ$200,000 at the 2010 New Zealand Karaka Premier Yearling Sales.

Norzita raced twelve times winning 4 of those occasions including the Group 1 ATC Flight Stakes in the spring of 2012 and the Group 1 ATC Storm Queen Stakes Gr1. She was never unplaced at stakes level, she was first past the post in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes only to lose it in the stewards room and she closed out her three year old career running third in the Group1 ATC Doncaster Stakes to males Sacred Falls & Pierro, who are both now at stud as stallions themselves. This consistent dominant performance saw her crowned 2012/13 Australasian Champion 3yo Filly.

By our records Norzita became at least the fourth Champion 3yo Filly procured by DGR after Danendri, Dashing Eagle & First Seal. Faint Perfume achieved the same accolade, but she was bred in partnership by Dato’ from daughter of the aforementioned Danendri, but will still feel we have our fingerprint on that filly also.

Norzita has started her own breeding career off soundly with her 3yo son Carif winning his maiden in track record time, posting a fourth at Group 2 level in April 2019 at his sixth start with aspirations of better things to come from him. Carif is by our ten time Group 1 winning Champion So You Think who also came from the same sale ring as Norzita, but for NZ$110,000 in 2008.

Norzita’s 2yo called Confidant is at the time of writing unbeaten in two Flemington Jump Out Trials so we at DGR have much to look forward to watching Norzita and be proud about.

Easter Optimism

The 2019 version on the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales set some records and some very high prices and indices with 75 lots selling for $500,000 or more and an overall average of $356,372. Perhaps not the sale to claim to have bought cheaply but our two purchases bought in conjunction with Anthony Cummings do sit below the overall sale average and less than the half price of $500,000. We have purchased Group 1 winners from the Easter Yearling Sales as has Anthony Cummings and we are rightfully optimistic that this years combined purchases can add to the Group 1 haul. Our purchases of Lot 147 by Teofilo & Lot 186 by So You Think can be viewed in the links.

Lot 186 in the auction ring at Inglis Riverside purchased for $220,000.

Lot 186 in the auction ring at Inglis Riverside purchased for $220,000.

Legacy Updates Continue

The legacy of Dato' Tans support updates yet again. We commented during 2018 and again in a post in January 2019 about winning combinations and successful progeny bred from racehorses initially purchased by DGR as yearlings such as Krone (Eurozone/Soft Landing), Tivaci (ex Breccia), Emperors Way (Roman Emperor/Laylia) but 2018 ended with our pinnacle success for breeding with SKY BOY winning five in a row and the Villiers Group 2 on 15th December putting him on top of the individual metropolitan wins table (source Racenet) for the season. The unbeaten MYSTERY LOVE adds the recent Bendigo Guineas Listed to the tally. She is another stakeswinner for her sire Eurozone purchased by DGR as a yearling to race for the late Dato’ Tan & Partners. Her dam Free Thinking was bred by Dato’ being by his beloved Pendragon, purchased as a yearling by DGR out of an off the track broodmare purchased for Dato’ as we set his then new Think Big Stud property in the southern highlands. That mare leash is now also the grandam of the $2m earner HOUTZEN.

Classic Rewards Then & Now

We would not be described a “frequent flyer” in buying at the January Inglis Classic sales however in our past attempts rewards have flown. DGR purchased one horse at the inaugural Inglis Classic in 1991 for $7,000. That horse became known as Shoeshine Henry and he won the inaugural classic race in 1992, then worth $353,000 under Mick Dittman when run at Canterbury. Shoeshine also ran second in both the Breeders Plate Gr3 & Silver Slipper Gr2 as a two year old and at three ran third in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 & BMW Vase Gr3. In conjunction with the late Bart Cummings, DGR purchased God’s Own at the same sale in 2004. He cost a bit more than Shoeshine Henry and was the sale topper at $220,000, a price that would now barely raise an eyebrow. God’s Own did vindicate his price winning among other races a Caulfield Guineas Gr1 and second in a Lightning Stakes Gr1 by a head to Takeover Target. Those performances saw him subsequently syndicated as a stallion for millions of dollars. 2019 DGR purchased just one horse at the Classic. In partnership this time with John Sargent we acquired Lot 225 for $80,000. By the interesting and very good looking first season sire Bull Point from a full sister to multiple Group 2 winning two year old Into The Mist. Into The Mist has gone on to produce her own Group 2 winning two year daughter and now it is sister Countess Delago’s turn with our equally good looking Bull Point colt.

January Yearling Sales Activity 2019

With over 1500 yearlings cataloged in the premium sessions of the Magic Millions & New Zealand Karaka Yearling Sales in January, DGR has kept up traction in the frantic competitive pace of the sales circuit purchasing 5 yearlings at both sales in total, some in combination with our new “stable” of trainers including Chris Anderson, Anthony Cummings, Mick Price & John Sargent so far. These new additions we hope will be the topic of treasured memories in the years to come like many of our previous acquisitions. Positions in some of these yearlings currently remain available. Info via the individual links -

Magic Millions Lot 303 bay filly Not A Single Doubt – Zarakiysha $210,000

Magic Millions Lot 341 bay filly Smart Missile – Aloona $360,000

Magic Millions Lot 793 bay colt Vancouver – Messenger $140,000

NZ Karaka Lot 146 bay colt Tavistock – Lady Kipling NZ$230,000

NZ Karaka Lot 560 bay colt Tavistock – Alluring Belle $150,000

Ongoing Legacy

Friday 4th January 2019

We commented earlier in the year about winning combinations and successful progeny bred from racehorses initially purchased by DGR as yearlings such as Krone (Eurozone/Soft Landing), Tivaci (ex Breccia), Emperors Way (Roman Emperor/Laylia) but 2018 ended with our pinnacle success for breeding with SKY BOY winning five in a row and the Villiers Group 2 on 15th December putting him on top of the individual metropolitan wins table (source Racenet) for the season even above the likes of the mighty Winx.

Sky Boy continues the ongoing legacy of Dato’ Tan Chin Nam and is of course by our former yearling purchase PENDRAGON out of ZAZABELLE, also purchased by DGR as a yearling, both for the late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam. Pendragon won at group level in the Norman Robinson and Gloaming Stakes and was a narrow second at Group 1 level in the Spring Champion Stakes and third in a Golden Rose. Zazabelle contested some of the best races on the calendar including 1000 Guineas, Strom Queen, Wakeful, Surround, Edward Manifold, Chelmsford, Metropolitan, St Leger, Moonee Valley Cup and she placings in the VRC Oaks, AJC St Leger and is most remembered for her close third in the 1999 Melbourne Cup Gr1.

When you look back at how tough Zazabelle was as a racehorse you realise where Sky Boy gets his metal from. Sky Boy now ballot exempt and guaranteed a run in the $3m Doncaster Hcp Gr1 on April 6th thanks to his Villiers win, will need to draw on all the competitive toughness of his lineage to prevail in the Doncaster. Not that a win would be a maiden success for the late Dato’ Tan, his Catalan Opening (Kaapstad) also purchased by DGR as a yearling, won the 1998 Doncaster among the three Group 1’s he won in a 52 start career from 1995 – 1999.

Some say success should be judged on the present but success is also judged on historical precedence. (PRECEDENCE another historical successful yearling purchase for DGR who contested 4 Melbourne Cups in his 10 win career between 2008-15). Looking back all four of these horses were historically purchased by DGR at Karaka in New Zealand and between them ran in 151 races, winning a combined 22 of them at the top levels earning over $5.1m well before the advent of The Everest, Golden Eagles & All Star Miles. We could add SO YOU THINK as 10 time Group 1 winner of over $8.8m himself as a DGR Karaka purchase but he does not tie into the Sky Boy story. However the new stat would then be 174 races contested, 36 wins, $13.9m in prizemoney and what fun over many seasons for just five horses who cost fractionally over (NZD)$600,000 between them.

Hard To Resist When Opportunity Knocks

We felt compelled to dip into the Ready To Race market at Inglis on Monday 15th October late into the sale securing Lot 170 for $75,000. By Artie Schiller the sub fertile sire of boom colt Flying Artie out of a mare by current champion stallion Snitzel and in turn out of another leading source of broodmares in Tale Of The Cat, we felt we could not let the opportunity pass. His “breeze up” was in a strong 10.86 with a good action putting a Hallowed Crown colt to the sword in that workout.

He will join limited numbers of Horses In Training purchases by DGR, mostly of moderate prices like multiple metro winning horses like Coolcraft, Figtree, Nazir and the slightly more upscale priced horses like subsequent Group 1 winner Russeting.


A Winning Gallop by Lot 170

A Winning Gallop by Lot 170

Just What The Good Doctor Ordered

Some of our continually supportive owners have been rewarded with a recent flurry of success and promise for the future including some lightly raced 3yo’s. 12 days ago, saw 3yo “Come Along” broke through for a solid maiden win at his third career start. Soon followed “Gauguin” winning his 4th career start and third for his new trainer John Sargent. Sargent also produced the progressive So You Think 3yo All Things who is twice second from three career starts. A few days later “Primitivo”  broke through for his maiden win at long odds on. Already stakes placed Primitivo had in his short career racked up some impressive placings, his majority owner being Dr Michael Alexeeff and a confidence boosting win was what the doctor and trainer John Thompson ordered. On the same day another lightly raced 3yo called “Purple Sector” added another promising placing to his CV behind none other than a 4yo daughter of superstar Japanese sire Deep Impact. We closed out this short period win a dominant 2.5 len win by” Savvan” at Randwick for her new trainer John O’Shea. After a consistent run of recent placing this win brought about Savvan’s third career win adding to a Group 2 placing as a 3yo filly. We are leaving it in the hands of our John’s hoping to see these guys and girls in the winner list in the coming weeks, possibly in stakes company!

Not Just an Average Jo or Jane

Breednet story below reminded us of our $140,000 purchase at Easter, a half sister to impressive debutante winner Debate makes our filly not just an average Jane. Purchased late in the sale as Lot 508, she may not be by our own former purchase So You Think, but she is by promising new sire Dawn Approach, himself a champion in Europe. See our story previous story "keeping up our averages". Considering inflation Lot 508 was only marginally more than So You Think when DGR signed for him at NZ$110,000 in 2008.

Win for Most Expensive So You Think Filly - Tara Madgwick - Tuesday August 14

The most expensive yearling filly ever sired by champion racehorse So You Think, three year-old Debate opened her career with a stylish victory at Gosford on Tuesday carrying the colours of renowned Sydney owner Alan Bell.  A $540,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Willow Park draft for Alan Bell, Debate was entrusted to Team Hawkes and has been given plenty of time to mature.

Two recent barrier trials were more than encouraging and she went to the post for the 1200 metre maiden as a well backed favourite. Debate settled well behind the leaders for Jay Ford and when angled into the clear quickly lengthened stride to surge home and win by a length.

Debate is a half-sister to Group II winning sprinter Unpretentious and is the fourth winner from Alisa Free, a half-sister to Group I winner Rockabubble, the dam of Group III winner Rock Magic. Coolmore's 10-time Group I winner So You Think has developed into a quality sire of classic type horses and Debate looms as a likely candidate to enhance his already impressive record. So You Think stands at a fee of $44,000 at Coolmore this spring.


Continuing our active but calculated buying at the 2018 yearling sales, DGR procured a further 6 yearlings from the Easter sessions I & II totalling a spend of $1,390,000. We were in line with the overall averages of the sale with $356,666 for session I compared with $347,634 or the overall sale and $106,660 vs the overall average of $117,500 for session II. But like earlier sales we do not think our horses were average at all to their peers! They are listed here with links to the Inglis website for those curious to see more.

Lot 103 bay filly Redoute’s Choice – Dream Date $600,000

Lot 333 bay colt Uncle Mo – Royal Scandal $350,000

Lot 376 brown colt Sebring – Stage Performer $120,000

Lot 460 bay filly Redoute’s Choice – Mandistana $70,000

Lot 490 bay filly Dundeal – Shoot Fer Love $110,000

Lot 508 chestnut filly Dawn Approach – Alisa Free $140,000

Obviously Queen of our show Lot 103 and with significant updates through Oohood 2nd Golden Slipper, Sires Produce, 3rd Blue Diamond Gr1's

Obviously Queen of our show Lot 103 and with significant updates through Oohood 2nd Golden Slipper, Sires Produce, 3rd Blue Diamond Gr1's


The most recent weeks have seen some of our previous purchases combine in the breeding shed to produce their own significant winners. Eurozone & Soft Landing combined to produce Cinderella Stakes Listed winner Krone putting first crop sire Eurozone on the map as a sire more than just being a name. Our former star So You Think, still flying the flag as Australia most successful racing export, combined with another former Group 1 winner Russeting to produce the very promising Ridicule who will be seen in stakes company in his own right very soon. 
Sale ring graduates to win in the past weeks include Parramatta Stakes Listed winner More Energy and other Sydney winners Equipped & Only Tiger, while lightly raced two year old Into The Abyss added a Group 2 placing to her Boxing Day debut win via last weeks Sweet Embrace Stakes, a traditional Golden Slipper lead up.

Eurozone on display at Newgate Farm, Hunter Valley

Eurozone on display at Newgate Farm, Hunter Valley


Karaka 2018 has netted six new yearlings to join our now expanded list of trainers. All six are by champion, group 1 producing or burgeoning on track performers. This sale we have taken the step to take some of the guesswork out of purchases sticking with sires with the aforementioned on track records to be guided by. This team averaged NZ$203,333 with a median of $205,000. Our new stable of NZ’ers are

40           BC Savabeel (AUS) /Aspinal (NZ)                          NZ$360,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Mick Price Racing  Vendor: Little Avondale, Masterton

93         BC Iffraaj (GB)/Combat Kitty (AUS)                         NZ$210,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)  Vendor: Henley Park, Cambridge

216         BC Pierro (AUS)/Fluorescent (NZ)                         NZ$200,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)  Vendor:  Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge

323         BC Dundeal (NZ)/Lady Who (AUS)                       NZ$130,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Bjorn Baker Racing  Vendor: Woburn Farm, Ohaupo

444         GrC Reliable Man (GB)/Oh So Royal (AUS)          NZ$220,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBBA)/John Thompson Racing   Vendor: Westbury Stud, Karaka

617        BF Tavistock (NZ)/Jaipur Princess (NZ)                 NZ$100,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)  Vendor: Cambridge Stud, Cambridge


In our own right and in association with some of our “stable” of trainers, DGR was able to procure seven yearlings at a fiercely competitive and record making Magic Millions 2018 on the Gold Coast last week. Our seven averaged $137,142 which comes in very satisfactorily with the overall average of the sale of 225,831. Not that we think our horses are less than average or any way inferior to the “big bangers” but we believe in some restraint and the statistical pricing of the origins of the nation’s best horses. Our purchases were: -

56           BC Smart Missile (AUS)/Magical Mist (NZ)            $100,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Chris Anderson Racing  Vendor: Aquis Farm, Wonglepong, Qld

151         BC Dundeel (NZ)/Opportunity (NZ)                         $280,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Chris Anderson Racing  Vendor: Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW

273         GrC Reliable Man (GB)/Saskia (AUS)                      $200,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/John Sargent Racing  Vendor:  Westbury Stud Ltd, Karaka, NZ

455         BF Nicconi (AUS)/Wurood (AUS)                           $200,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Chris Anderson Racing  Vendor: Aquis Farm, Wonglepong, Qld

601         BC Hallowed Crown (AUS)/Champalou (AUS)     $190,000

DGR Thoroughbred Services Pty Ltd (FBBA)   Vendor: Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks, NSW

671         BF Star Witness (AUS)/Dollhouse (AUS)               $150,000

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/John Thompson Racing Vendor: Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW

43         BC Adelaide (IRE)/Jaipur Princess (AUS)               $85,000B

DGR Tbreds P/L (FBAA)/Chris Anderson Racing  Vendor: Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains, NSW

Into The Abyss

Into The Abyss


26 December 2017

Some restructuring and change in personnel and trainers has left a time debit between updated news. In the lead up to 2018 we post our last story of 2017 for Boxing Day December 26th. Four runners stepped into the ring bearing the DGR purchase tag. Into The Abyss from the stable of John Thompson, a dominant 2yo debutant winner in a new class record at Randwick for long term clients Michael Alexeeff, Dato Tan Chin Nam and Matthew Sandblom.  

Into The Abyss holds a Magic Millions Classic nomination and we will see if she takes a berth in that $2m race.

Ever consistent Equipped, representing a long list of long term owners and from the John Sargent stable, broke through for a well deserved maiden win as a favorite at Newcastle while Made In Russia, coming from the McEvoy stable made it two wins from four starts for our previous owners of Group 1 star First Seal in the China Horse Club. Our other runner, Indisputable started favorite after a short head second on debut, failed to round out an undefeated day but his day will come again. Possibly quite soon.


Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

14 June 2017

Phoenix Park has given Grahame Begg his first city winner back following a training sabbatical.

Grahame Begg has described winning a midweek race at Sandown as like a Group One victory.

The former Sydney trainer Begg was no stranger to Group One success during a career that began during the 1990s ahead of a sabbatical at the end of 2014.

The win of Phoenix Park in the Cove Hotel Handicap (1400m) on Wednesday was his first in town since he made his return 12 months ago.

“It’s like winning a Group One race. At the moment it certainly is,” Begg said.

Begg currently has 12 horses in work at the Pinecliff training property at Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula and is happy with how the first 12 months have gone.

“It’s tough going, starting a business up from scratch,” he said.

“That’s the 14th winner in the 12 months we’ve been back so we’re delighted.

“We’ve had a few placegetters in town before this but we’ve done well with what we’ve got and a lot haven’t raced yet.

“We’ve got some nice rising three-year-olds amongst the group.”

Begg said the one disappointment from Wednesday was the victory of Phoenix Park was her last start for the stable with the mare catalogued for the Great Southern Sale next week.

“At least now somebody is going to be buying a city winner,” he said.

Phoenix Park was purchased by Duncan Ramage from the 2014 NZ Premier Yearling Sale for $65,000 for a group of loyal clients including Mr John Chua, who is also in the ownership group for smart filly, Exceeds and recently retired mare, First Seal.

The victory gave Jamie Mott, who combines riding on the flat and over jumps, his 100th winner of the season.

Story by Craig Brennan - AAP


12 June 2017



The China Horse Club celebrated a Warwick Farm victory on Monday with a promising staying type by Sebring.

Two year-old colt Heliosphere was fourth on debut at Randwick over 1400 metres at his first start last month and his trainer Gerald Ryan had no hesitation stepping him up to 1600 metres for his second assignment.

The baldy faced bay led throughout and despite wanting to over race in patches, he found the line like a tiger to hold off determined Foxwedge filly African Rainbow to win by a half head with nearly seven lengths back to the third horse.

"We'll see how he comes through this, maybe give him another run or just tip him out," said Gerald Ryan.

"He's a nice horse in the making. Spring might come a bit quick for him, but the autumn should be his time."

A $160,000 Inglis Easter purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Widden Stud draft, Heliosphere runs for the China Horse Club and was a successful pinhook having been bought from the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale for $66,000.

He is the third winner from Group II placed Purrfection, a half-sister by Tale of the Cat (USA) to Group I New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless from the family of Group I winners Limitless and Veyron.

Heliosphere is the 14th two year-old winner this season for Sebring who stands at a fee of $66,000 at Widden Stud.

Story by Tara Madgwick - Breednet.com.au


8 June 2017

As a half-sister to dual Group I winner Fiveandahalfstar by champion sire Fastnet Rock, Word Games (3f Fastnet Rock x Cryptic Miss, by Snippets) was an interesting winner at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Trained by James Cummings, Word Games led all the way on heavy ground and fought hard to the line to win the 1550 metre maiden by half length, successfully coming back in trip from a last start second at Hawkesbury over 2000 metres.

“I watched the mile and a quarter run with Duncan Ramage at Hawkesbury and we decided that she still had the sharpness to be coming back in distance and running very well,” Cummings said.

“She had the rail to follow today whereas at Hawkesbury she had to make her run down the outside fence which is pretty hard for an inexperienced filly like her to do.

“She’s a half-sister to Fiveandahalfstar (VRC Derby & BMW winner) so that metropolitan win on the board is very important.”

Word Games was a $380,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Willow Park draft for Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbreds and runs for a partnership of breeders who include Matthew Sandblom in whose colours she runs.

Word Games is a full sister to Group III placed Wordplay and half-sister to $2.6 million earner Fiveandahalfstar being the fourth winner from Cryptic Miss.

The yearling full sister to Word Games was sold by Coolmore at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on Tuesday fetching $350,000 to the bid of Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

Cryptic Miss has a weanling filly to follow also by Fastnet Rock and will foal to him again this spring.

Story by Tara Madgwick - breednet.com.au


26 April 2017

James Cummings has Group One ambitions for three-year-old filly Savvan after she beat the older horses at Canterbury on Wednesday in the Ranvet Benchmark 67 Handicap (1550m).

A NZ$350,000 DGR Thoroughbred Services purchase from the Trelawney Stud draft at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling sale was sent out the $3.70 favourite and enjoyed a handy trail for Jason Collett before taking control rounding the turn and holding off a strong challenge from Jason Coyle's Speed Hero ($5), scoring by a half-head.

"She's built like a colt," Cummings said. "She's got plenty of substance about her.

"She can do well up north if we get her there in good form."

Cummings is looking at the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May 6 as a stepping stone to Savvan's winter grand final, Cummings already putting a plan in motion to ensure she gets there.

"She'll be nominated for the Queensland Oaks when the time comes," Cummings said.

"She pulls hard. She's a very willing horse. Very giving and a with bit of racing and a bit of work she'll come back to us.

"She's going the right way."

The first pair Savvan and Speed Hero cleared out from the John Sargent-trained third-placegetter Sahara Eagle ($4) which was beaten 3-1/2 lengths.

The $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2400m) is scheduled for Eagle Farm on June 3.

Story by Paul Joice – Racenet.com.au



21 January 2017

When the James Cummings-trained Exceeds opened her winning account in Saturday's Australian Fire Hose Plate (1000m) at Randwick, she became the 16th two-year-old winner by Snitzel in Australia this season. That's ten more than his closest pursuers.

Despite finishing fourth at Canterbury when making her racetrack debut in what looks an excellent form race, Exceeds eased in the market to start at $20.

Ahead of her that day were From Within, Invader and Chauffeur.

Ridden by Brenton Avdulla, Exceeds wore down the odd-on favourite Eden Roc (Star Witness) by three-quarters of a length with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained pair Kristensen (Sebring) and Pandemonium (Sebring) dead-heating for third.

A $250,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services out of the Musk Creek consignment, Exceeds (pictured) sports a sharp pedigree.

She is the third foal of the 2-time winning Exceed And Excel mare Exceedingly Happy who is a half-sister to Group I AJC Epsom Handicap winner Rock Kingdom (Rock Of Gibraltar) and the smart stakes-placed sprinter Happy Glen (Happy Giggle).

Exceedingly Happy has a yearling filly by All Too Hard and a colt foal by Pierro. She was bred to Written Tycoon last spring. 

Story by Mark Smith – Breednet.com.au

Gauguin winning at Warwick Farm


18 January 2017

A half-brother to a Group I winner from a Group I winner, promising Dalghar (Fr) three year old Gauguin is bred to be well above average and gave every indication that was the case when scoring a stylish victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

A close second on debut at Warwick Farm last month, the James Cummings trained Gauguin was favourite for the 1400 metre maiden and jumped straight to the front to lead all the way and win by half a length.

"It's hard to be ultra-impressive at the finish when you're three-quarters of a length outside the leader and have to be rustled up early," Cummings said.

"Clearly the horse has got plenty to learn but he's promising and we think he will get over a trip.

"As we're getting closer to the autumn, these three-year-old races usually reveal some promising horses and there's a good plan in place for him so hopefully he can keep stepping up and delivering."

That plan is likely to include races such as the Group I ATC Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and ATC Australian Derby (2400m).

An $85,000 NZB Premier purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds/ Cummings/ Cummings from the Brighthill Farm draft, Gauguin runs for a diverse syndicate of owners that includes Sir Patrick Hogan, Gooree Stud, Think Big Stud, John and Anne McDonnell of Sebring fame, Matthew Sandblom and Julia Ritchie's Bangaloe Stud

"Duncan Ramage (DGR Thoroughbreds) got together a group of people to invest in stayers and this horse was one of the yearlings we bought," Cummings added.

Gauguin is a half-brother to South African Group I winner Mac de Lago and is the fourth winner from Group I winning Vettori (IRE) mare Macavelli Miss.

Story by Tara Madgwick - Breednet.com.au


3 January 2017

DGR has some promising horses back in work at Leilani Lodge in time for the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival riches. They include exciting 4yo mare, Nassak (Rip Van Winkle x Brilliant Princess, a $135,000 2014 NZB Premier Sale purchase), having her second race preparation for James Cummings, Nassak won 3 of her 5 starts last time in. 3YO Fastnet Rock colt, Rock and Swing (from Dance on By, a $600,000 2015 NZB Premier Sale purchase), who won on debut at Warwick Farm and is set to resume in a barrier trial on the 17 January. Talented stakesplaced filly, Smart Amelia (3yo filly Smart Missile x My Amelia, a $170,000 2015 Inglis Easter Sale purchase), will most likely trial at Randwick on the 17th January and start her Autumn campaign at the end of the month. Lightly race 4yo mare Camari (Commands x Octapussy, a $410,000 2014 NZB Premier Sale purchase) is progressing well in her work and is due to trial on Thursday 5 January. Also heading to the trials this month is G3 James Carr winner, Yattarna (4yo mare, Exceed and Excel x Umaquest, a $90,000 2014 Magic Millions Sale purchase) and lightly raced, G3 Ethereal Stakesplacegetter, Savvan (3yo filly, Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats, a $350,000 2015 NZB Premier Sale purchase) , will soon join her stablemates in work at Leilani Lodge.

Other notable performances by DGR graduates in recent weeks include 3YO Dalghar gelding, Gauguin (from Macavelli Miss, a 2015 NZB Premier Sale purchase) who made an encouraging debut at Warwick Farm on 21 December, producing a fast finishing second behind the consistent, race fit horse, Good Time Charlie and 2YO Snitzel filly, Exceeds (from Exceedingly Happy, a $250,000 2016 Magic Millions Sale purchase) who produced a promising debut effort on Saturday when she finished fourth behind current Magic Millions Classic race favourite, From Within. We expect her to improve from this run and she looks like an exciting 2YO prospect for us for the Autumn. 4YO gelding Joueur (Casino Prince x Casigris, a $75,000 2014 Magic Millions Sale purchase) won for new trainer Chris Anderson on New Year's day. 

We rounded out 2016 with some nice performances by stable stalwarts including Lunar Rise (7G Starcraft x Spirited Dancer, a $380,000 2011 Inglis Easter Sale purchase), who ticked over $500,000 in prizemoney when winning the All Our Mob Hcp over 1200m at Rosehill on 12 November and 5YO mare, Shahrazad (Shamardal x Eggs, 2013 $120,000 Magic Millions Sale purchase) who hit the line nicely for her third placing on Saturday at Canterbury and is being aimed for suitable targets in the Autumn.


27 September 2016

James Cummings says Savvan ‘probably is’ more of an autumn filly, but admits testing his promising three-year-old against Melbourne’s best this spring remains a big possibility.

The Group 1 winning trainer had one eye on the Spring Carnival following Savvan’s maiden victory at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

While he thought the lightly-raced filly was still a work in progress, Cummings was quietly confident she would be able to handle the step-up next start.

“She is so robust and developed,” he said.

“While the penny is still dropping mentally with her, she is so robust that she could probably handle a little bit more if we asked it of her.

“We might well consider running her in the Ethereal [Stakes] in two weeks and give her a chance against the Melbourne fillies.

“I think she wouldn’t be disgraced down there.”

Should things go to plan in the Ethereal on Caulfield Cup day, Cummings planned to take the filly to the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) a fortnight later before running in the Crown Oaks (2500m)

“We know she would have the tough grounding to stay out the Oaks trip,” he said.

“That’s what we are interested in.”

Savvan showed terrific fighting qualities to chalk up her first win.

A $5 TAB fixed odds hope, the daughter of Savabeel was parked perfectly one out and one back by jockey Glyn Schofield in the Gerroa 3YO Maiden Plate (1600m).

Schofield put Savvan into the race at the point of the turn and he was left to fight it out with heavily-back favourite Drachenfels ($1.35).

Goldolphin’s fancied colt looked to hit the front, but Savvan fought back to win by a long neck.

Mark Newnham’s Righteous Mate ($26) was more than a length back in third.

“It was going to take a nice horse to beat a colt with Drachenfels talent and it was good to see two nice three-year-olds come away to fight it out,” Cummings said.

“We put the blinkers on and we were able to get a really neat ride one out, one back as opposed to be caught wide without cover with the 59kgs last time.

“She is a well bred progressive filly.”

A $350,000 NZB Premier purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Trelawney Stud draft, Savvan runs in the familiar colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud, who own the filly in partnership with Kia Ora Stud and Westcode Pty Ltd.

She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Smashing from Group II winner Ruud Van Slaats and comes from the family of Group I winning filly Ruud Awakening.

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27 July 2016

The familiar colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam were in the winner's circle at Canterbury on Wednesday, carried to victory by an unbeaten son of champion sire Fastnet Rock.

Prepared by James Cummings, three year-old gelding Rockafella might be somewhat of a late starter having only recently made his debut with a Wyong win on July 12, but patience may ultimately pay off for connections.

Stepping up into a Benchmark 67 event over 1100 metres against some handy three year-olds, Rockafella proved up to the task, finding the line strongly to win over Loverboy Charlie the full brother to Group I winner Peggy Jean.

The margin was half a neck, but with nearly four lengths back to the next horse it was clear that the top two are nice horses in the making.

"It was a good effort to come here and show that sort of improvement from a maiden win into smart midweek company,” said James Cummings.

A $280,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Cambridge Stud draft for DGR Thoroughbreds, Rockafella is the first winner for Group III winning Thorn Park mare Glamorous Girl.

His Coolmore based sire Fastnet Rock is having his usual good season with progeny earnings topping $9.6 million and 12 individual stakes-winners to his credit.

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12 July 2016

Although we are in the quieter months of the racing season, it has been a busy couple of weeks for DGR Thoroughbred purchases with three or the four recent winners being purchased from 2014 yearling sales either winning on debut or early in their racing career.

Static Lift (3g Starcraft – Viennese Lass) has had a stellar start to his second preparation having three starts for two wins and a second placing, breaking his maiden with a dominant 3.3L victory at Beaumont on 21 May and then backed it up with another nice win at Canterbury two weeks later. Trained by James Cummings and purchased for $160,000 by DGR Thoroughbred Services for Think Big Stud and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya from the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Static Lift looks like he could be a consistent Saturday class galloper when he returns from a spell.   Click here to watch the replay.

High Justice (3g High Chaparral – Just A Kiseki), a $100,000 purchase from the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, stepped up to the 2200m for the first time at Beaumont on 2 July. Jockey Jeff Penza, settled the gelding to the back of the field in a slowly run race and made his run at the 600m, circling the field and coming home strongly to score his maiden win by 1.5L. Click here to watch  the replay.

Shahrazad (4m Shamardal – Eggs) returned from a long spell in nice style with a 2.2L win on a heavy 8 track at Canterbury on 6 July. Ridden by apprentice Koby Jennings, Shahrazad sat three and four wide throughout the run and rounding the turn ran on strongly to bring up her second career win. A $120,000  purchase from the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Shahrazad’s record is now nine starts for two wins, two seconds and a third and races in partnership with long time clients Dato Tan Chin Nam, Dr Michael Alexeeff and Mr Ananda Krisnan. Click here to watch the replay.

Rockafella (3g Fastnet Rock – Glamorous Girl) stepped out for the first time over 1000m at Wyong on 12 July. Jumping from barrier 1, jockey Glyn Schofield settled the gelding on the rail and made his run on the turn, running down the leader and charging home for a 1.5L victory.  Rockafella was a NZ$280,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services from the 2014 NZ Premier Yearling Sale. Click here to watch the replay. 


16 April 2016

Seemingly well exposed as being just short of stakes level, the James Cummings-trained Yattarna had everything fall into place for her in Saturday's G3 Kari JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

Coming off a second in a benchmark 72 event at Wyong, Yattarna (Exceed And Excel) was given a peach of a ride by Glyn Schofield to defeat the New Zealand filly No More Tears (Darci Brahma) by a half-length with Bjorn Baker's Lady Sniper (Snippetson) another short half-head back in third.

It was just the second win for the daughter of Exceed And Excel, advancing her overall record to 2 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds from 9 starts for earnings of $149,960.

"She did a really good job," Schofield said.  

"She jumped quickly from the outside got across and controlled the race and was strong through the line.

"She relished the conditions and relished being left alone in front.

"She is big but not very strong at the moment, hopefully she develops a little bit more but you can't take anything away from her today.

Cummings said it was a late decision to let the daughter of Exceed And Excel take her place in the field.

"The filly was nearly going to the paddock after she was beaten at Wyong last start but we saved her up and let her go around in a very good course proper gallop last Saturday morning." Cummings said.

"I knew that win, lose or draw she would be in the paddock on Monday but I think one of the things you really have to work on as a trainer is to build your horses up and still have something for that final run you've always had your mind on.

"Thankfully the horse was just in the zone, she fought on like she didn't want a horse to beat her.

"She's tripled her value today; to say nothing of the prizemoney she has picked up.

A $90,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services from the draft of Kambula Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale, Yattarna is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of the Umatilla mare Umaquest whose four wins include the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes.

Umaquest has an unraced 2yo Smart Missile filly named Fromparis Withlove and a filly foal by Written Tycoon.

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Rock And Swing (pictured as a yearling)


2 March 2016

Less than a week after Fastnet Rock posted a juvenile stakes quinella in New Zealand with exciting colts Heroic Valour and Mongolian Falcon, the champion sire produced another two year-old colt with stakes aspirations in Rock and Swing, who scored an eye-catching debut win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

A big athletic colt prepared by James Cummings, he was fourth in a recent trial won by his stablemate and subsequent Group II winner Good Standing.

Tackling 1200 metres for his first outing, Rock and Swing found the line strongly for Hugh Bowman to outpoint well bred filly Sparkle (More Than Ready (USA) from Group I winner Gallica) to win by a short half head.

A $600,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Waikato Stud draft for Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbreds, Rock and Swing comes with a big pedigree as he is the first winner for Sadler’s Wells mare Dance on By (IRE), a full sister to Epsom Derby winner and leading sire High Chaparral (IRE).

"He’s a very exciting colt and it was very pleasing to see him win like that,” said James Cummings, who has stakes goals in mind for the royally bred colt starting with the Group III ATC TL Baillieu Handicap over 1400 metres on March 26.

"We’ll probably go for the Baillieu. The other option is the Pago Pago (Group II over 1200metres), but at this stage my recommendation would be for the longer options like the Baillieu and then the Fernhill (1600 metres) at Randwick.

"I think in the spring he can be a very good horse from 1600 to 2000 metres.

"Duncan (Ramage) has bought so many good horses from Karaka for us over the years, So You Think and Norzita… hopefully this colt will be another.”

Story by Tara Madgwick – Breednet.com.au

First Seal returns in style. Picture: Bradley Photography


20 February 2016

A former sparring partner of Winx, who she beat to win the Group I ATC Flight Stakes in 2014, quality Fastnet Rock mare First Seal was back to her very best when scoring a barnstorming win in the Group II ATC Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sidelined through injury during the spring carnival, her trainer John Thompson has been forced to be patient in the extreme and his efforts are paying off.

More than 10 months since her last official race start, First Seal swept down the outside under the 58kg topweight to claim a three-quarter length victory in the 1300 metre sprint over Telepathic.

With Blake Shinn back in the saddle for the first time since a narrow defeat in the Group I ATC Coolmore Classic last March, First Seal displayed the turn of speed reminiscent of her three-year-old season.

"It’s such a relief,” Thompson said.

"Blake and I sat down and had a chat about an hour before the race and I just said don’t panic just ride her to hit the line, we know she’ll improve off the back of this run.

"And I’ve got to say I was worried at the 800 (metres), I didn’t think we’d be that far back but they we’re getting along and she got it done – it was a good effort.”

A $700,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Curraghmore Stud draft for the late Bart Cummings, First Seal runs for a powerful group of owners that includes China Horse Club, Raffles Thoroughbred Racing and Think Big Stud.

First Seal has the overall record of five wins and five seconds from 12 starts with prizemoney topping $940,000.

Bred by Raffles Dancers, First Seal is a three-quarter sister to Group II STC Tulloch Stakes winner Book of Kells and is the seventh winner for Episode, who won both the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks and South Australian Oaks as well as finishing second in the Queensland Oaks.

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27 January 2016

FBAA members bought 10 yearlings worth $1,82 million on behalf of clients during the NZB Premier Sale at Karaka.

DGR Thoroughbred Services led the way with a $400,000 Tavistock – Zarzino colt from Cambridge Stud. He's a brother to G1 Victoria Derby winner Tarzino who is due to resume in the G1 Orr Stakes at Caulfield on February 13.

"This colt is a lovely, big horse and an absolute cracker," breeder Graham Meredith said. "I spoke with Sir Patrick Hogan after Tarzino started showing so much promise and we sent him to Cambridge to get ready for the Premier Sale."

DGR owner Duncan Ramage also paid $160,000 for a Smart Missile colt out of G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes winner Gold Water (Choisir) and $150,000 for a Savabeel colt from a half-sister to Annie Higgins.

Ramage has an NZB Premier pedigree highlighted by Cox Plate champion So You Think (High Chaparral) who was a $110,000 buy at Karaka in 2008.

DGR graduates doubled up for James Cummings and Think Big Stud on the weekend. Yattarna (Exceed And Excel) won her maiden at Canterbury on Friday evening and Cisco Kid (High Chaparral) followed up with a front-running victory when stepping up to 2200m at Newcastle on Saturday.

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25 January 2016

The fairytale for New Plymouth scrap metal dealer Graham Meredith was completed at Karaka this afternoon when the brother to VRC Derby winner Tarzino was knocked down for $400,000.

In a keen duel, David Ellis, Lang Lin of the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group and Australian agent Duncan Ramage traded blows, but it was Ramage who held final sway with his $400,000 clincher.

Ramage manages the bloodstock portfolio of Malaysian owner Dato Tan Chin Nam, for whom his Karaka purchases that made their way into the stable of master trainer Bart Cummings include the 10-time Group One winner So You Think.

“It’s a different market to when we paid $110,000 for So You Think in 2008 and you can’t compare this to what Tarzino made two years ago,” Ramage said. “The horses I like to buy at Karaka are your classic and cup types, the ones that carry on at four and five years in the races with the good stakes.

“Dato Tan will be the principal owner of this colt and he’ll be trained by James Cummings. Same colours, same stable, Bart’s no longer with us but nothing else has changed.

“Dato Tan turns 90 on March 12, so he’s just bought himself an early birthday present!”

Story by Dennis Ryan – The Informant

Figtree back to winning form at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Bradley Photography

Figtree back to winning form at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Bradley Photography


14 November 2015

Three weeks after finishing 3rd at Randwick, the Gwenda Markwell trained, Figtree, was back to winning form on Saturday when making a long, sustained run to win the Cellarbrations in Hills (BM79) over 1350m at Rosehill.

The 4YO son of Bel Esprit was caught deep throughout the race, with jockey, Josh Parr, making his run just before the turn, hitting the line strongly to win by 0.3L from Ziggy Willy with Danish Twist in third place.

Purchased for $40,000 by DGR Thoroughbred Services for Matthew Sandblom at the 2013 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale, Figtree, who has either won or placed in 9 of his 12 career starts (including two wins this preparation), has career earnings of $114,050 for connections.

The 2013 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale has proved to be a successful one for clients of DGR Thoroughbreds with sale graduates going on to success on the racetrack including Nazir (bought for $150,000), a two-time metro winner of nearly $65,000 and Coolcraft ($36,000), who looked very promising after being placed at 4 for his 5 starts and earning just a tick over $70,000 before injury suspended his racing career. 

Precedence winning the Moonee Valley Cup

Precedence winning the Moonee Valley Cup


15 November 2015

Precedence did not get a fairytale finish in the Listed William Hill Sandown Cup (3200m) on Saturday, but the 10-year-old will now get a hard-earned retirement.

Formerly trained by legendary horseman Bart Cummings and now in the care of Bart's grandson James, Precedence was not a factor in the finish in his 69th career start - as Almoonqith took the main prize.

It did not go unnoticed that the horse who finished in the top-10 of the Emirates Melbourne Cup three times, including sixth last year, was having his career finale.

Precedence started at just over $20 on the tote, despite being as much as $51 with CrownBet - before firming into $34 with the latter.

Despite the result, jockey Michelle Payne said Precedence will begin his post-racing life in great condition.

"He travelled really lovely and relaxed. I was rapt with how he was going," the Melbourne Cup-winning hoop said.

"I really tried to get him to the outside, that's how he goes his best races.

"He didn't really fire to the line, but he's going to retirement very happy, and in great order.

"His action couldn't have been better. That's the end of his racing career, but he's going to go into retirement in the best order he could be in."

Fleming will then take Precedence home to a farm in Victoria where he will be re-trained as a show horse, joining former Bart Cummings-trained stablemates Sirmione and Moatize.

Precedence earnings stand just short of $2 million.


The NSW Racehorse of the Year awards on Thursday night, taking home a trio of trophies including NSW Horse of The Year.

First Seal won the G1 Flight Stakes and was runner up in another three Group 1s, which gave her an easy win under the points system used in the awards. She was also named three-year-old of the year and Queen of the Autumn.

"I am proud to be strategically responsible in the purchase of First Seal and in the process give China Horse Club their first landmark Group 1 in Australia and yet another for long time clients Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya" said Duncan Ramage.

First Seal was a class above her rivals on Saturday. Picture: Martin King Sportpix

First Seal was a class above her rivals on Saturday. Picture: Martin King Sportpix


28 February 2015

Sydney’s super filly First Seal made a statement at Warwick Farm on Saturday — and everyone took notice. 

First Seal showed she is clearly the superior three-year-old filly of her generation when she blew away her rivals in the Group 2 $175,000 Surround Stakes (1400m). 

Trainer John Thompson believes nothing is beyond First Seal and top jockey Blake Shinn rated the filly up there with the best horses he has ridden. 

TAB Fixed Odds price assessors reacted quickly by elevating First Seal to equal favouritism for the $3 million Doncaster Mile at The Championships. 

But Thompson said First Seal’s autumn program won’t be determined until the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill in two weeks. 

“The Coolmore is the fork in the road for us,’’ he said. 

“If she can win that race well, then we will probably go for the Doncaster. If not, then we will go for the Vinery Stud Stakes for the fillies.’’ 

First Seal ($1.50 favourite) came from near last at the 600m, swept around the field on the turn and exploded clear to win by nearly three lengths easing down from Supara ($26) with 1¼ lengths to Slightly Sweet ($21) a further 1¼ lengths away third. 

Shinn has won a Melbourne Cup (Viewed, 2008) and ridden many outstanding gallopers so his lofty opinion of First Seal must be considered. “I am very lucky, I have ridden some good horses and she is up there with the best of them,’’ Shinn said. 

“She is a great filly. She proved that in the spring winning the Flight Stakes and she has come back in terrific order. She felt really good today and you ooze confidence when you ride her. I knew I was on the best horse and she did the rest for me.” 

Thompson said First Seal’s wonderful acceleration and sheer class enables her to get out of trouble in races. The trainer admitted he was surprised First Seal settled so far back in the field early, but he was never worried at any stage of the race. 

“I told Blake to ride her where she was comfortable,’’ Thompson said. “She was always travelling and that is all I want. I don’t care where she is in her races. I don’t care whether she is first or last as long as she’s travelling because when she gets out into the clear, she will do her job and get it done.’’ 

First Seal avenged her first-up loss in the Light Fingers Stakes where the filly had legitimate excuses. 

“She was underdone last start but I still thought she would win,’’ Thompson said. “But she found a bit of trouble and the track didn’t play in our favour that day from barrier one. 

“Today was a different story. We didn’t care if we were wide. She just needed clear running and she would do the rest.”


25 February 2015

Bart and James Cummings are thinking GI ATC Australian Derby for the half-brother to their dual Group I winning filly Norzita, who broke his maiden over 1900 metres.  A three year-old Mastercraftsman (IRE) gelding, Nazir proved too strong at his third start, forging clear as favourite to win by a length.

"He just keeps improving every time he goes around," James Cummings said. "Look at him today, did a little bit wrong on the turn but then knuckled down strongly and fought hard when challenged.

"The most important thing is to give him a run at 2400-metres before the Derby. 

"That will give him a better grounding when he comes up against horses that have had more racing.

"The foundation and work is all there."

Nazir was bought by DGR Throughbreds at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale from the Lyndhurst Farm draft and is a half-brother to Group I ATC Vinery Stud Stakes and Flight Stakes winner Norzita as well as Kiwi stakes-winner Hollows being the fourth winner from well-bred Quest for Fame (GB) mare Visique.

Nazir is by a young sire in Mastercraftsman who has already proven his 'classic' stripes having sired French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby and English St Leger winner Kingston Hill from his first crop in the Northern Hemisphere.

DGR Thoroughbreds purchased four 2yos from the sale, and three have started their racetrack career. The forementioned, Nazir, City placegetter, Figtree (3yo g Bel Esprit – Emmaagh) who has had five career starts for a win, a second and a third placing and the City winner, Coolcraft (3yo g Starcraft – Cool Gal) who has had five starts for 1 win, two seconds and a third. 

View Nazir's race win here

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9 February 2015

Shamardal filly, Shahrazad (3YO ex Eggs), proved too classy on debut at Canterbury on Friday night when she trounced her rivals in a 1100m Maiden under lights. Trained by JB & JA Cummings and racing in the familiar chessboard silks of Dato Tan Chin Nam, the filly jumped well for jockey, Tim Clark, and settled at the front of the field and was never headed, kicking away in the straight to skip clear and win by an impressive two lengths.

Shahrazad was a $120,000 purchase from Eliza Park Stud’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by DGR Thoroughbred Services on behalf of long-time clients Dato Tan Chin Nam, Dr Michael Alexeeff and Kia Ora Stud. 

Watch the replay here

The following day, Zarzali (3YO ex Zarakiysha), notched up her first win at only her third career start when triumphant in a 1850m Maiden at Newcastle. Stepping up from her third placing at Scone last start over 1600m, the filly by Hussonet settled to the back of the field in the early stages of the race, on rounding the turn, jockey Taylor Marshall steered the filly to the outside and she charged home to the line winning by one and half lengths. 

Zarzali is from Aga Khan Studs owned, Zarakiysha, who is a half-sister to 2008 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, Zarkava. Zarzali was a private purchase from Arrowfield Stud for client Tan Boon Seng by DGR Thoroughbred Services.

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14 January 2015

After a luckless last start second at Randwick, talented 3YO gelding Coolcraft made amends in the Canterbury opener on Wednesday.

The Bart and James Cummings trained chestnut had circumstances go against him in three previous starts but was able to break through for an important win at the midweek meeting. 

Aided by a composed ride by Hugh Bowman, Coolcraft was afforded plenty of galloping room in a midfield position before commencing a move rounding the home turn. The horse put in a sustained effort in the straight to win the 1250 metre no-metro-win event by a long head. 

The win came as a relief for James Cummings after the horse’s last start defeat at Randwick where he was held up at a crucial point in the home straight. 

"The horse has promised that for a while and though his form has been consistent, it’s so important to get the ‘W’ next to your name,” he said.

"He’s a beautiful animal, he’s like Israel Folau as a horse – you wouldn’t want to be in his way. 

"With a bit of room he really ambled up strongly, his finish was definitely good enough against respectable opposition.” 

Coolcraft’s sire Starcraft has underachieved at stud however the Cummings stable have enjoyed great success with the progeny, including Group winners Lunar Rise and Do You Think. 

"We’ve had a lot of luck with the breed over the years with two stakes winners,” Cummings said. 

"If there is black type on the horizon for this horse, he’s definitely shown the potential he’s going that way.” 

Click here to watch the race replay.

Story by Tom Walter – racenet.com.au


7 January 2015

2015 kicked off with a bang with DGR Thoroughbred purchases featuring in the prizemoney across a number of race meetings in NSW over the past 7 days.

Coolcraft (3g, Starcraft - Cool Gal) kicked off the year with a luckless second in the 3YO C&G Maiden race at Randwick on 1 January.  Purchased by DGR Thoroughbreds for $36,000 from the 2013 Inglis Ready To Race Sale, Coolcraft ran into significant traffic in the straight. When jockey, Hugh Bowman, finally obtained a clear run on the inside it was too late with the margin being a neck. It's only a matter of time before Coolcraft is in the winners circle. One to add to the "Black Book". Click here for a replay of the race.

It was then off to Wyong, for well-bred gelding Midas (NZ) (4g, High Chaparral-Clarens), to take his place in a Maiden Plate over 2100m on Friday 2 January. After his last start second at Randwick on Boxing Day, it was one better for Midas when he had a convincing 4.8L victory for Tommy Berry. Purchased by DGR Thoroughbreds for $7,500 from the 2014 Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale, Midas has recouped his sale price and more with over $20,000 in prizemoney from his last two starts.  A great return on investment for owners Think Big Stud Pty Ltd (Manager – Dato Tan Chin Nam) and J.A Standen. Click here to watch the race replay   

In form mare, Cast In Stone (4m, Redoute’s Choice – Rosetta Stone), had her second win this preparation with a dominant victory in the 2200m race at Warwick Farm this afternoon.  Trained by Bart and James Cummings and ridden by Tommy Berry, Cast In Stone settled at the back of the field before making her run at the turn and kicking away from the small field to notch up her second win this preparation by a length.

Purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services for $240,000 from the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Cast In Stone races in partnership with good clients John Chua, Gee Stable Syndicate and Kia Ora Stud Syndicate. Click here to watch the race replay.

Le Succès De La France

13 October 2014

French mare Sindariya felt well at home when winning nicely at Newcastle last Saturday 11th October. Trained by Bart and James Cummings and ridden by apprentice Hannah Martin, Sindariya stepped up a gear in the 2300m Maiden Plate to stretch clear and beat Advocacy into 2nd position by a length and All Is Bright into 3rd position by three lengths. Also pleasing to the French import was her success over up and coming Fastnet Rock filly Forbidden Jewel, who finished in 4th place. Forbidden Jewel is already a city winner and finished 4th in the Gloaming Stakes (Gr.3) last time out. While Forbidden Jewel is certain to have more victories to come, this was a nice boost for Sindariya who arrived in Australia last January.

Sindariya (Azamour x Sinndiya) was already a winner in France before being purchased by long-time companion Mike Shannon from Kentucky, who acted on behalf of DGR Thoroughbred Services at Arqana in December 2013. Bought for a handy €32,000 from the Aga Khan draft, Sindariya’s pedigree shows good staying quality. Her sire Azamour was a winner of the King George VI  & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 1) at Ascot over 2,400m. While her dam was lightly raced and the dam of three winners out or four foals to race, Sindariya’s grand-dam Sinntara produced Sinndar - Champion three year old filly in Europe and the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1)  and the Irish Derby (Gr 1).

It is a very competitive time of year for colts and fillies alike so Sindariya’s next step will be considered over the next few days. While opportunistic staying races at this level can be sometimes limited, one could only imagine she will go even better over more ground and is one to watch out for in the future.

First Seal Takes Flight In G1 Win

4 October 2014

Fastnet Rock filly, First Seal, proved she was worth every penny when romping home to win the Group I ATC Flight Stakes at Randwick on Saturday and also take out the "Princess Series". It is the fourth time DGR Thoroughbreds has taken the Flight Stakes trophy home after winning it previously with Danarani, Dashing Eagle, Norzita and now First Seal.

The John Thompson trained First Seal looked good when winning the Group II ATC Tea Rose Stakes at her fourth start, but looked a superstar in the making today. 

She travelled sweetly for Black Shinn and when asked to get serious, dropped her rivals in a twinkling to win the 1600 metre feature by three lengths over another lovely filly in Winx.

First Seal

First Seal

"She showed us from day one she was very good,” Thompson said. "When Blake first galloped her, he got off her and he couldn’t even talk, he just giggled.

"She’s a machine, a beautiful horse.”

First Seal’s next assignment is undecided with Thompson’s primary focus being on the filly’s long term future.

Races under consideration are next Saturday’s Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and the Group II VRC Wakeful Stakes (2000m).

"We’ll see how she comes through this race, the horse comes first,” Thompson said.

A $700,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Curraghmore Stud draft for Bart Cummings, China Horse Club (in whose colours she runs), Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, John Chau, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud, which is managed by Duncan Ramage of DGR Thoroughbreds.

"Back in 2012 and 2013, I was commissioned by China Horse Club to source and buy some yearlings for them to be prepared by a variety of trainers,” explained Duncan Ramage.

"We secured horses that went to Gai Waterhouse, Mark Kavanagh, Anthony Freedman, Robert Heathcote, Mike Moroney and Bart and James Cummings.

"First Seal was a horse that was identified as being suitable for Bart given his experience with her older sibling Book of Kells, so he was given the task of bidding on her at the sale.”

Cummings secured the filly, with Coolmore left as the underbidder, but the budget set down by China Horse Club was exceeded.

"We were over budget and that forced me to ‘phone a friend’ as they say, which is how the partnership was formed with Dato Yap’s Raffles Thoroughbreds, who bred the filly, agreeing to take a share and China Horse Club holding a majority interest,” Ramage recalled.

"John Thompson had done some work in China for China Horse Club and the new partnership elected to send the filly to him and he’s done a great job with her.”

Entered for all the three year-old majors this spring, First Seal has three wins and a second on the board from just five starts with prizemoney of $403,360.

Bred by Raffles Dancers, First Seal is a three-quarter sister to Group II STC Tulloch Stakes winner Book of Kells and is the seventh winner for Episode, who won both the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks and South Australian Oaks as well as finishing second in the Queensland Oaks.

Episode has a yearling full brother to First Seal that has also been entered for Karaka in 2015 and was covered last spring by Redoute’s Choice.

Story by Tara Madgwick

Originally published on breednet.com.au

Cast In Stone triumphant

18 September 2014

Cast In Stone returned in good fashion when resuming at Kembla Grange last Saturday (13th). The heavy 8 track did not deter the filly and she dug deep in the finishing stages to beat Best Dance Yet by 0.1L under the guidance of apprentice jockey, Hannah Martin.

Bought by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Cast In Stone has always shown potential and this start to her campaign is a great stepping stone for her. By Redoute’s Choice and out of Rosetta Stone (by Sadler’s Wells) Cast In Stone has quality black type in her family with close relation to Workforce and Eva Luna. Last preparation she still had a bit of immaturity in her, however, following a spell at Think Big Stud she has developed and strengthened nicely and her owners can look forward to the winning circle again this season.

 Cast In Stone is trained under the watchful eyes of Bart and James Cummings at Randwick


11 September 2014

Welcome to the new and improved DGR Thoroughbred Services website.  Since our inception in 1990 each of our long term clients has had the pleasure of leading back a G1 winner. In total our clients have won more than 29 G1 races and hundreds of stakes races including three Cox Plates, two Melbourne Cups, two Caulfield Guineas, a Caulfield Cup and the Hong Kong Bowl (see Notable Performances for full list).

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Duet back in the winners circle

10 September 2014

DGR Thoroughbreds connections were back in the winners circle again when 5YO mare, Duet, was triumphant over 1300m at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Having her second start this preparation, the Bart and James Cummings trained mare came very wide down the straight and caught the leaders right on the line winning by a long head.

Duet was purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud for $150,000 and is raced by long time clients, Dato Tan Chin Nam, John Chua, Foote Street Investments Syndicate (Mgr: Dr M. Alexeeff) and Gee Stable (Mgr: D G Ramage).

Winning Ways

26 June 2014

Smart geldings Tinsley Green and Olympic Anthem have been putting their best efforts forward in recent times and are on the rise, making them definitely note worthy for the future.

Tinsley Green by More Than Ready was bought by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the Magic Millions Yearling sale in 2011. He is a nicely put together big gelding and has really come to form this preparation winning his last two starts in Melbourne for co-trainers Bart and James Cummings, to much delight of his loyal owners.

DGR Thoroughbreds go across the Tasman annually to seek out the best quality yearlings New Zealand have on offer and it was here Olympic Anthem was bought in 2012. A narrow miss out on a win in the Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm last May really pronounced Olympic Anthem (by Starcraft) as a horse for the future. Although finishing 4th behind winner Sir Moments in the big race it was the gallant effort he put into the finishing stages of the race and only missing out by 0.3L as a lightly raced horse that really gave owners China Horse Club something to be cheering about. Olympic Anthem came back two weeks later and won for trainer Robert Heathcote at Ipswich.

DGR Thoroughbreds wish congratulations to all winning owners in recent times and best of luck to those with runners this weekend.

Success In Numbers

26th May 2014

DGR Thoroughbreds was delighted for the owners of three year old gelding Street Tycoon (Street Sense x Old Money) who was successful in conquering his maiden at Newcastle last Saturday. He absolutely showed some staying power when he stretched clear and won the 2300m Maiden Plate by 2.5 lengths in a time of2:27.49 and the last 600m was run in 0:36.40.

Street Tycoon was bought by DGR Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in 2012, is owned by Mr John Chua and Gee Stable Syndicate and has been under the watchful eye of trainers Bart and James Cummings at Randwick. He has been warming up for a win with being placed on his last two outings and it was nice to see him get ahead and win over the up and coming gelding Lanneret who has also been showing some good form his last few runs. This win is only the beginning for Street Tycoon and we congratulate his owners on this success.

Also at the weekend eight year old gelding Precedence, a favourite of many racegoers just missed out on a win in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup over 2200m to Zephyron by 0.8 lengths. Zephyron was a $2 million purchase at the NZ bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale in 2010 and is impeccably bred being from the family of Eight Carat. Having just narrowing missing out on success behind such a blue blooded horse DGR Thoroughbreds is still very happy with Precedence and his efforts at the weekend. Precedence has pulled up well after the run and will be out to clash again with the best of them soon. To date Precedence has won close to $2 million in prizemoney.

The Hawkesbury trials this morning showed some more of DGR Thoroughbred purchases coming up through the ranks and we will be keeping a watchful eye on their future. Coolcraft (by Starcraft) was a $36,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale and won his trial by 0.5 lengths. Also bought at the 2013 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale was Nazir (by Mastercraftsman), half-brother to Group 1 winning mare Norzita and who won his trial overCisco Kid (by High Chaparral) who was bought by DGR Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

DGR connection at 2014 Inglis Broodmare Sale

6 May 2014

DGR Thoroughbred Services had a significant connection with two of the top lots sold at this week’s 2014 Inglis Australian Select Broodmare Sale.

The 2014 Broodmare sale topper, Dariana (in foal to Street Cry) fetched $800,000 in the ring. She was originally purchased as a yearling by DGR Thoroughbred Services for $300,000 from the Coolmore draft at the 2008 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. A winner of the G1 Queensland Derby and runner up to Champion So You Think in the G1 Underwood Stakes, Dariana has produced an outstanding colt by him at her first season at stud.

Another connection to DGR Thoroughbred Services that went through the Inglis ring was G1 winning mare, Russeting. Russeting was purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services for the Mackrell Family from the 2009 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale as a racing prospect. The daughter of Commands subsequently won the G1 Tatts Winter Stakes and was sold in foal to another DGR connection in So You Think, who was purchased by Duncan Ramage as a yearling from the 2008 NZ Premier Yearling Sale for NZ$110,000.

2014 Yearling Sale Purchases

10 April 2014

This years sales have been a great success for DGR Thoroughbred Services. The standard of those been sold was very high and a nice range of yearlings were bought varying in prices but all holding their own by means of physique and stature. Below is the list so far this year and we wish the best of luck to our loyal owners.

The Inglis Easter Yearling Sale has just come to an end and according to their statistics had a great clearance rate this year - the best in six years. Easter is known to put forward some of the best bred yearlings in the country and DGR Thoroughbreads was on hand to pick up 3 out of the 555 lots.

Lot 273 - Starcraft x Viennese Lass (bay colt) - $160,000

Lot 459 - Time Thief x Snow Queen (chestnut colt) - $75,000

Lot 532 - Star Witness x Hirgana (chestnut filly) - $130,000

DGR Thoroughbred Services retained a usual presence at the 2014 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale and what a busy week it had been. With a total of 469 lots catalogued for sale, leading up to the two days of selling DGR carefully viewed and selected those believed will develop into exceptional racehorses.

Eight yearlings were purchased; four fillies and four colts and all with outstanding attributes. They have all made the flight over to Australia where they are to begin their new racing careers.

Lot 27 - Fastnet Rock x Glamorous Girl (bay colt) - NZ$280,000

Lot 53 - Mastercraftsman x Hypernova (bay/brown colt) - NZ$90,000

Lot 145 - Mastercraftsman x Mont Fay (bay filly) - NZ$60,000

Lot 160 - Commands x Octapussy (bay filly) - NZ$410,000

Lot 277 - Thorn Park x Steal (gray filly) - NZ$65,000

Lot 303 - Stravinsky x The Glitter (brown colt) - NZ$70,000

Lot 308 - Fastnet Rock x Thousand Veils (bay colt) - NZ$375,000

Lot 397 - Rip Van Winkle x Brilliant Princess (bay filly) - NZ$135,00

The Magic Millions got the ball rolling as usual for this years sales, DGR made the trip up the coast to take a look at those he had already singled out and without fail came home with a great band of seven yearlings of the highest qualities.

Lot 155 - Exceed And Excel x Umaquest (bay filly) - $90,000

Lot 179 - Northern Meteor x World Guide (bay filly) - $170,000

Lot 220 - Starcraft x Aspen Falls (chestnut colt) - $40,000

Lot 249 - Beneteau x Blond Rocket (bay colt) - $65,000

Lot 261 - Casino Prince x Casigris (brown colt) - $75,000

Lot 488 - High Chaparral x Just A Kiseki (bay colt) - $100,000

Lot 536 - Northern Meteor x Lung Tah (bay colt) - $375,000

Buying Into Success

28th February 2014

Last Saturday (22nd February) Exceed And Excel succeeded in being the sire of the winner and second place getter of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes over 1400m. The Blue Diamond is a race for the elite two year old fillies and colts and attracts the best becuase of it's hefty prize money. A filly to win against this calibre of colts is nothing short of a major achievement.

The winner Earthquake is an outstanding filly and this is a great boost for the DGR  Thoroughbreds purchased Exceed And Excel x Umaquest 2012 filly. There was a lot to like about this filly at the Magic Millions sale in January; already displaying athleticism, having a great walk and the dam being a Stakes winner herself were just a few of her good assets. However, this recent show of strength in Exceed And Excel fillies balances out her clarity as being flawless.

Commands was another sire who was taking on an authoritative role on this big Stakes day with Commanding Time winning the first but more notable to DGR Thoroughbreds was the gelding Vilanova (Commands x Our Valpolicella) who took out the Group 2 BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic.

The year at the New Zealand Premier sale DGR purchased the much sought after Commands x Octapussy filly who is a close relative of Vilanova. This Group 2 win is not only good for Commands but adds even more black type to this fillies pedigree and boosts her status as a racehorse before she has stepped out on any track.

At every yearling sale DGR Thoroughbreds set out with the view of buying quality yearlings that will develop into exceptional racehorses. These two fillies are only two of this year's draft that have already sent out vibes of optimism and one can't help but feel slight anticipation with thoughts on what lies ahead for these youngsters. 

Eurozone Gallant In Defeat 

10th February 2014

Racing in the famous Dato Tan Chin Nam colours, Eurozone narrowly missed out on Group 1 success last Saturday in the CF Orr Stakes.

Eurozone jumped well to settle mid-field and when asked to he put in a late charge and began to chase down the eventual winner Moment Of Change who had already taken a lead of two lengths from the rest of the field and had set up a good pace. In the final furlong Cox Plate winner Shamus Award was also asked to do more but it was shrugged off by Eurozone and at this stage it had become a two horse race.

Eurozone raced true to his usual form, he had challenged his rivals and continued to chase down the leader only to be beaten into second place by a short head with Shamus Award finishing third by 1.5 lengths. Winning trainer Peter Moody stated that he expected Eurozone will go on to great heights and have a fruitful autumn campaign.

It was a nail biting race and Eurozone's owners has already much enjoyed success with this horse who was bought by DGR Thoroughbred Sevices at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $110,000 and has already earned just under $400,000 with four wins and one placing out of seven starts. Eurozone has already won the Group 2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes and The Rosebud Listed and will now aim for the Australian Guineas Group 1 in one month where he will take on Shamus Award and past rival Bull Point.

Orr Tactics For Eurozone

6th February 2014Story by Thomas Hackett 

Trainer James Cummings has revealed that he will be leaving the 2014 Orr Stakes riding tactics for Eurozone up to leading jockey Damien Oliver .

The Orr Stakes will feature just seven runners, following the scratching of Playing God, and Cummings expects the Group 1 event to become a very tactical affair.

Eurozone has shown plenty of tactical versatility during his six career starts to date, winning from the front in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) before coming from near the tail of the field in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes(1500m), and Cummings told Racing Ahead this morning that he is more than happy to let Damien Oliver access the race.

“I think that the horse is ultimately very dynamic and he just loves to race,” Cummings said.

“He can come from behind or jump on the speed and he has won doing both.

“That opens up a range of possibilities for us and we have got to look at the race.

“The speed is coming more from the outside than it is from the inside, but there is going to be a possibility of anything unfolding in this with a small field.

“I would love to give Damien Oliver the autonomy to show that he is the best in the country.”

Eurozone had all six of his race starts during his maiden racing campaign in Sydney and he will be making his debut the Melbourne way of going in the Orr Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

The unique Caulfield track has been coined a ‘graveyard’ for Sydney horses having their first run in Melbourne and Cummings said that he was happy to be able to give Eurozone the chance to gallop on the course proper on Tuesday morning.

“He went to Caulfield on Tuesday morning for a gallop out wide on the course proper, which was a good opportunity for him to have a good look around while not having to overextend himself,” Cummings said.

 Duncan Ramage (the racing manager for owner Dato’ Tan Chin Nam ) has been a student of racing for a long time and I am only a young student of the game, so I take his advice when he can offer it.

“We were firmly of the opinion that such a trip could only benefit the horse.

“Sydney horses go to Caulfield and no matter how good they are, they just get buried.

 So You Think ran well, but he only got himself together the last 200 metres and he ran amazing sectionals behindStarspangledbanner that day in the Caulfield Guineas.

“Nothing beat experience as Bart always tells me.”

Eurozone ($5.50) is currently on the third line of the 2014 Orr Stakes betting market at [ladbrokes]; with Peter Moody -trained Moment Of Change ($2.40) currently favourite from the well back Shamus Award ($3.20).

The Best Selected at NZ Premier Sale

30th January 2014

DGR Thoroughbred Services retained a usual presence at the 2014 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale and what a busy week it had been. With a total of 469 lots catalogued for sale, leading up to the two days of selling DGRcarefully viewed and selected those believed will develop into exceptional racehorses. 

Eight yearlings were purchased; four fillies and four colts and all with outstanding attributes. They will shortly make the flight over to Australia where they are to begin their new racing careers. 

Lot 27 - Fastnet Rock x Glamorous Girl (bay colt)

Lot 53 - Mastercraftsman x Hypernova (bay/brown colt)

Lot 145 - Mastercraftsman x Mont Fay (bay filly)

Lot 160 - Commands x Octapussy (bay filly)

Lot 277 - Thorn Park x Steal (gray filly)

Lot 303 - Stravinsky x The Glitter (brown colt)

Lot 308 - Fastnet Rock x Thousand Veils (bay colt)

Lot 397 - Rip Van Winkle x Brilliant Princess (bay filly)

One to watch for the future is the Commands x Octapussy (Lot 160) who looked very athletic as she paraded in the sales ring and much to the interest of the buyers bench. Click on her name to watch the sale video and how she was nicely snapped up by DGR Thoroughbred Services.

Cast In Stone wins her Maiden

29th January 2014

Selected and purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Cast In Stone put forward a nice display of talent to win her maiden over 1600m at Wyong on Monday 27th January. Her pedigree is abundant with black type, out of Sadler's Wells mare Rosetta Stone (full sister to Champion racehorse Brian Boru and Listed winner Kitty O'Shea) and being by Champion Sire Redoute's Choice, there is much to like about this fillies pedigree.

Cast In Stone had her early education at Think Big Stud where she still goes to spell and enjoy her time away from the race track. It was easy to see this filly had some quality from an early stage and she has been progressing nicely under the guidence of Bart and James Cummings. With further development her owners can look forward to her bright future.


26 December 2013

Boxing Day proved to be another recent day of multiple winners. We spoke in a recent post that Street Savvy should win again. He did just that at his very next start, Randwick on Boxing Day. He was joined on Boxing Day as a winner by Prospector, a staying type breaking his maiden at 2300m at the provincials and back at Randwick Shamalia was very impressive debutant winner.

Shamalia was not purchased as a yearling but is the homebred produce of a former winning yearling purchase Laylia. Shamalia races for the same connections. A few days prior to boxing day at Canterbury, probably Sydney best racing surface, Ashamar won again in stylish fashion suggesting he has more to offer. Meanwhile in the same recent post we spoke of two time HK winner Glorious Sunday. News is he will take his position in the HK$6m Champions Mile on January 19th. Exciting. The New Year has prospects once again. 


14th December 2013

Story by Racing And Sports - Dean Croker

Former Hong Kong galloper The Peak has given Bart and James Cummings something to smile about after scoring a good win at Flemington on Saturday.

The lightly raced five-year-old has shown good ability in his last couple of outings, and under a beautiful ride from Chad Schofield proved too good, claiming his first win in Australia.

Formerly-trained by John Size, The Peak  won five of his six starts in Hong Kong and looked close to getting back on track when running second at Caulfield last time out.

From barrier 1, Schofield had The Peak in the box seat behind a genuine tempo set by The New Boy and Amethon, the pair leading rounding the pack rounding the turn.

The New Boy  was headed by Amethon at the 200m who was travelling well before The Peak came with a strong run down the inside to run away with a 1.2L win over Amethon in second with Eraset in third.

It has been a trying couple of weeks for the Cummings clan with speculation over a split between Bart and James Cummings which was resolved last week.

“It’s great to get a win at Flemington and with a horse that comes from one of the best trainers in the world to come to a stable that is keen to get back to one of the top stables in Australia,” said James Cummings.

Cummings said he is looking forward to the challenges presented of getting established in Melbourne with The Peak a good horse to have in the stable.

Currently riding in very good form, Chad Schofield said the plan was to box seat with the New Boy likely to lead and everything panned out well from their.

“He travelled well throughout the race and turning for home I was waiting for Amethon to drop off and The New Boy to kick but that never happened,” said Schofield.

“When I got into the clear he showed a good turn of foot and was strong to the line so the seven furlongs was no issue today.”

Productive Weekend All Around

We had a productive weekend just gone. With five runners bearing our mark we had three winners in two states and two countries. Duet resumed in slashing fashion to win at Moonee Valley in a surprising but pleasing ability over just 1200m. Perhaps this mare, already a winner might just be more a sprinter miler than her pedigree led us to believe. Certainly her win could not have been more encouraging. Breaking through for his maiden win was Street Savvy who was also an impressive winner in his grade at Hawkesbury. Placed in most of his previous career runs to date at his eight start he posted a 1.8 length margin and he should go on with it from here. Probably the most impressive victory was that of Glorious Sunday who put up back to back wins in Hong Kong when winning comfortably as top weight in the HK$1m Paris Handicap on Sunday’s International Day in Hong Kong. He defied a 7lb penalty from his previous start victory and will now take on the next level of opposition in Hong Kong. All three should win again and none of our clients parted with more 150k when they purchased these horses through DGR.