Coolmore Australia

Coolmore Australia Buys She's Extreme For 3.4 Million To Top The Inglis Chairman's Sale

Dual Group 1 winner She's Extreme (Aus) (Extreme Choice {Aus}) (lot 32) was knocked down for A$3.4 million by Coolmore Australia's Tom Magnier to top Thursday's Inglis Chairman's Sale. The 4-year-old mare, bred by Aquis Farm, was offered as part of the Newgate Consignment. Originally an A$275,000 Inglis Easter yearling, the chestnut won the G1 Champagne S. in her juvenile finale, and added another top-level win in the Kennedy VRC Oaks in her final start at Flemington on Nov. 3. During her career, she was placed in three additional Group...

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Wootton Bassett Heads International Shuttlers To Coolmore Australia

St Mark's Basilica (Fr), Churchill (Ire), Starspangledbanner (Aus) and Wootton Bassett (GB) have been confirmed on the Coolmore Australia roster for 2024, although a fee has yet to be revealed for the latter. Wootton Bassett stood for $93,500 and covered 131 mares in 2023, which included Group 1 winners Srikandi and Spright. His return down under has been eagerly-anticipated and he will spearhead the travelling contingent.  "We are delighted to be able to confirm that Wootton Bassett is returning in 2024," Tom Magnier said. "He is now having his first...

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Champion Sire Fastnet Rock Pensioned At Coolmore Australia

Dual Australian Champion Sire Fastnet Rock (Aus) (Danehill) has been pensioned from stallion duty, Coolmore Australia announced. Bred by Linley Investments, the son of Piccadilly Circus (Aus) (Royal Academy) would go on to race for an ownership group and trainer Paul Perry. His best days on the racecourse were in 2005, where he won the G1 Lightning S. and G1 Oakleigh Plate in succession. Named both Australian Champion Sprinter and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt that year, Fastnet Rock retired to stud with a mark of 19-6-7-2 and $1,312,623 in earnings. As...

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Golden Slipper winner Shinzo Retires to Coolmore Australia

by TTROz Coolmore Australia has announced that Shinzo (Aus), the Golden Slipper-winning colt by Snitzel (Aus) and last season's Champion two-year-old, will commence his stud career at their esteemed facility in 2024. His service fee is set at AU$55,000 (inc GST). Shinzo, a prodigious talent both on the track, clinched the G1 Golden Slipper in a stunning display of acceleration, beating Group 1 winners Cylinder (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), Militarize (NZ) (Dundeel {NZ}), and Little Brose (Aus) (Per Incanto {USA}). Colts dominated the finish in the AU$5 million juvenile...

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Debbie Kepitis Secures Winx Filly for Record-Breaking Price

by TTR Aus/NZ Drama. Emotion. History. Arguably the most highly anticipated offering ever seen at public auction delivered all that and more as the Pierro (Aus) filly out of wondermare Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) brought a jaw-dropping AU$10-million (US$6.6-million) in front of a packed Inglis auditorium. There had been much speculation about how much the blue-blooded, Coolmore-consigned youngster would make, and an opening bid of $2-million duly foretold an utterly unprecedented price. The bid board struggled to keep pace with the scale and speed with which the increases came...

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Coolmore Australia Acquires Justify's Storm Boy

by Trent Masenhelder/TTR AusNZ Confirmed after speculation last month, outstanding 2-year-old Storm Boy (Aus) (Justify--Pelican {NZ}, by Fastnet Rock {Aus}) has been purchased by Coolmore for an undisclosed sum and will remain in training with Tulloch Lodge trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Storm Boy has developed a huge reputation during his fledgling career, posting three wins from as many starts, and he is all the rage for the world's richest race for juveniles, the Mar. 23 G1 Golden Slipper S., which Coolmore won last year with Shinzo (Aus) (Snitzel...

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Coolmore Australia Secures Strawberry Hill Stud

by Kristen Manning/TTR AusNZ One of Australia's finest equine properties, Strawberry Hill Stud, is set to continue its role as an industry leader with the famed thoroughbred nursery purchased by Coolmore Australia for an undisclosed amount. And they are very pleased to have done so with Tom Magnier telling The Thoroughbred Report, "You just don't see places like that anywhere in the world go on the market." "The facilities are top class, everything has been done to the highest of standards," he said, adding that not much needs to be...

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Coolangatta Joins Coolmore; Will Visit Home Affairs

Coolangatta (Aus), the winner of the G1 Black Caviar Lightning S. on her final start on home turf at Flemington, has been acquired by Coolmore Australia. The daughter of Written Tycoon (Aus) will visit her fellow Lightning S. winner Home Affairs (Aus) during Australia's forthcoming breeding season. Bred by Highclere Stud and trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace for a partnership which included Ozzie Kheir, Coolangatta was an exciting prospect from the outset. She was the decisive winner of the G3 Keeenland Gimcrack S. on debut at Randwick before...

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Triple Crown Hero Justify Returns To Coolmore Australia For Shuttle Duty

Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy) will resume his shuttling duties at Coolmore Australia this year. The Jerry Plains operation released its 2023 roster and fees earlier Wednesday. It will be the chestnut's fourth Southern Hemisphere season and his fee will be determined in the coming weeks. Of his three Southern Hemisphere winners--Californian (Aus), Legacies (Aus) etc.--the best is G2 Reisling S. and G3 Widden S. heroine Learning To Fly (Aus). He covered books of 149, 142 and 82 from 2019-2021. Justify is currently leading the Australian First-Season Sires' table...

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James Harron Q&A: 'Foxwedge Really Got Things Going For Me'

James Harron is one of the most respected operators of his craft internationally. Based in Australia, the native of Northern Ireland credits Gai Waterhouse, agent George Smith and Winx (Aus)'s breeder John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds as being some of the key influences in his career.    Foxwedge (Aus) is the horse who got the ball rolling for Harron Down Under. He sourced the high-class sprinter-turned-stallion as a yearling and, from there, refined the art of making stallions on a commercial level through colt partnerships.    It's a little under...

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American Pharoah, Justify Won't Shuttle to Coolmore Australia This Year

Triple Crown winners Justify (Scat Daddy) and American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will not shuttle to Coolmore Australia this year. Justify, off to a strong start with his first 2-year-old in Europe and North America, will be represented by his first Australian 2-year-olds later this year and has two full crops to follow. American Pharoah has five Grade I winners in the Northern Hemisphere and is making his mark in Australia with first-crop Group winners Pretty Amazing and Head of State this season, while his current juvenile crop is headed...

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Home Affairs Retires to Coolmore Australia

Dual Group 1-winning sprinter Home Affairs (Aus) (I Am Invicible {Ire}) has been retired from racing to join Coolmore Stud in Australia. Trained by Chris Waller, the 3-year-old was down the field in his final race in Saturday's G1 Platinum Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot, his first start outside his home country, and was found to be not "100 per cent sound" after his run. "Home Affairs has been retired from racing and will come straight to Coolmore from quarantine following his return to Australia," said Coolmore's principal Tom Magnier....

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