HTBA Scone Yearling Sales

HTBA Scone Yearling Sales

Featured Image: 1995 Scone Yearling Sale Catalogue front cover.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/hvbhba-first-annual-scone-sale-1979/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/htba-yearling-sale-40-years-on/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/bold-scone-venture/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/hunter-thoroughbred-breeders-association-scone-history/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/has-the-horse-bolted/

The front cover of the 1995 Scone Yearling Sale Catalogue is the best thing about it! With the knowledge of hindsight, the ‘horse has indeed bolted’. I’ve just rediscovered this dog-eared issue in the pocket of my discarded ‘Drizabone’. It must have been a wet day?

It’s a litany of failure. I barely remember/recall the names of the 1st Season Sires listed: Bao Lack USA (Emirates Park), Bureaucracy NZ (Yarraman Park), Greenline Express USA (Wakefield Stud), Monongahela USA (Yarraman Park), Orient Way NZ (Kanangra Park), Rising Rhythm (Kia Ora), Snaadee USA (Emirates Park), White Bridle USA (Middlebrook Valley Lodge) and Yonder USA (Widden Stud). All were abject catastrophes consigned to the scrap heap of memory. (I owned a share in one of them – Greenline Express).

The quality of the 156 yearlings drafted in the catalogue proved to be of equivalent measure. The reality was we were attempting to market an inferior product. Ultimately the marketplace will decide the outcome. The sale at its Scone location no longer exists.

The lofty ambitions of the founding fathers’ (and mothers’) cadre were never implemented.

Scone Horse Festival Parade 2024

Scone Horse Festival Parade 2024

Featured Image: The ‘author’ transported in Bill Greers’ sulky powered by an amenable retired standardbred racehorse.

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/scone-horse-festival-parade-1986/

I ‘posted’ the story of the 1986 Scone Horse Festival Parade 1986 in 2021. I postulated the possible demise of the concept. How wrong could I have been! Andrew Cooper brought a new energy to the role of Horse Festival President two short years ago. He ‘reinvented’ the whole process. In 2024 despite the ‘ravages’ of Kelly Street reconstruction (‘revitalisation’) the ‘display’ was an overwhelming success.

I was the most fortunate recipient of a consummate honour bestowed by the presiding committee. I think it had something to do with age? I’m the oldest living fossil of a bygone era! I was delighted professional colleague and protege Peter Carrigan was the marshalling steward at the start. Both Bill Greer and I needed some direction.

I Am Invincible

I Am Invincible

Stop Press!

As of today (Sunday 5th. May 2024) ‘I Am Invincible’ with $29,287,812 has just overtaken Snitzel’s ‘General Sires by Earnings’ record of $29,243,413 in season 2017/2018. There’s still a long way to go in the current season. With a name like that there must be something in ‘nominative determinism’?

FEE SHOCK: I Am Invincible’s price cut, status quo for Hellbent and Brave Smash

See: FEE SHOCK: I Am Invincible’s price cut, status quo for Hellbent and Brave Smash – ANZ Bloodstock News

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/equine-walk-of-fame/

See also: https://www.breednet.com.au/news/29847/yarraman-park-announce-2024-fees

Author’s Note: This is one of the great success stories in the history of Australian Thoroughbred Breeding. I Am Invincible is already assured of his 3rd. Champion Thoroughbred Sires Title having previously chalked up four (4) second placings to ‘Snitzel’ (read below). Purists might argue that while he is clear leading sire in Categories 1200m and shorter, 1200m – 1600m, 7th. in Category 1600m – 2000m, he is not listed in the top 100 sires in Category 2000m and greater? My good friend Hilton Cope (shareholder) has stated: “He’s the best sprinting sire since Star Kingdom”.

By Tim Rowe

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Yarraman Park has made the shock decision to reduce the service fee of two-time reigning champion stallion and commercial goldmine I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) after 14 remarkable seasons at stud based in the Hunter Valley.

Brothers Arthur and Harry Mitchell, the joint principals of Yarraman Park, will stand I Am Invincible at $275,000 (all fees inc GST), down from his 2023 peak of $302,500, in spite of another standout season on the racetrack and in the sales ring.

I Am Invincible’s son Hellbent, the sire of this season’s Sir Rupert Clarke (Gr 1, 1400m) and All Aged Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Magic Time, will maintain his 2023 service fee of $38,500 as he pushes towards a top ten position on the Australian general sires’ table, the highest-placed third season stallion on the premiership.

Their roster-mate Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom), who relocated to Yarraman last year after the Mitchells and partners bought a controlling interest in the sire from Aquis Farm, also remains at an unchanged fee of $33,000 with his first crop which includes Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed filly Kimochi soon to turn four.

A runaway premiership leader as he charges towards his third straight champion sires’ title, the Yarraman Park kingpin I Am Invincible is just $200,000 shy of Snitzel’s all-time progeny earnings record of $29,243,613 – achieved in season 2017-18, the year of the first of Redzel’s back-to-back Everest (1200m) victories – as the Mitchells announce their fees for their trio of sires with three months of the racing season still to run.

This season has also seen I Am Invincible break new ground, siring his first two-year-old Group 1 winner with highly promising Te Akau-owned colt Move To Strike taking out the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) in New Zealand while stablemate Imperatriz has shown her wares in Australia, winning the AJ Moir Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m), the Manikato Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m), Champions Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m), the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) and William Reid Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) this season, taking her record to a stunning ten Group 1 wins.

The recently retired five-year-old Imperatriz, who was on Monday confirmed to be offered for sale at the upcoming Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, could be the most valuable broodmare prospect sold at auction in the southern hemisphere this year – if not ever.

Arthur Mitchell said “we didn’t need to bring it back, but we thought we would” of I Am Invincible’s 2024 fee.

“He’s still got the numbers around him to keep him ticking over … and we thought $250,000 [plus GST] was pretty fair,” Mitchell told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“The interesting thing is, and I didn’t really take much notice of it, but he was runner-up four times before he won his first [champion sires’ title] and he got beaten twice I think on prize-money when Redzel won The Everest. So, I think he’s doing a pretty amazing job.

“We won’t be over-taxing him, but we’d like to keep him working away consistently without pushing him too hard.

“He looks like a 12 or 14-year-old, that’s what he looks like, so he still looks fabulous.”

Rising 20-year-old I Am Invincible covered 157 mares last year, his 14th season at stud at a career-high fee, has sired 16 stakes winners so far this season with Tiz Invincible, I Am Me, the recently retired Newgate Farm-owned colt King’s Gambit and the highly promising filly Estriella all winning black-type races since August 1.

Two-year-old colt Bodyguard also won twice at stakes level this season while trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott unveiled a juvenile son of the champion sire at Rosehill on Saturday with Ikasara scoring at his first start, indicating bigger races were in store.

I Am Invincible’s yearlings this year, conceived off a $220,000 service fee, averaged $586,246 at a median price of $500,000 with a filly out of Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) winner Booker (Written Tycoon) selling for $3 million at the recent Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale to US investor John Stewart of Resolute Racing while another American buyer, Jes and John Sikura of Hill ‘N’ Dale Farm, purchased a filly out of Madam Rouge (Zoustar) for $1.7 million at the Magic Millions sale in January.

Eight other I Am Invincible yearlings also sold for $1 million or more at this year’s yearling sales.

The Mitchells also considered increasing the service fee of Hellbent this year, but in the end decided against it.

While the John Muir-owned and Grahame Begg-trained mare Magic Time, a first crop daughter of Hellbent, also won the Nivison Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) this season, the stallion has also had Hell Hath No Fury win the Guy Walter Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) in Sydney and trainer Jason Warren’s Benedetta has won two Group 3s and she finished third in the Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in Adelaide on Saturday. She also ran fourth in the Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m) at Flemington while two-year-old colt Fully Lit won the Inglis Millennium (RL, 1100m) in February.

Miss Hellfire, three-year-olds Vivy Air and Kristilli and two-year-old filly Grinzinger Love have also all been stakes-placed this season.

“People thought we were going to put him up and we haven’t. Hopefully we’ll get some good support [as a result]. We’re trying to lift the quality of his mares as much as we can,” Mitchell said of Hellbent.

“Like his father, they look like they train on and get better with age. He only just got beaten in that Group 1 on Saturday. Benedetta ran super and she’s a very, very good mare and obviously Magic Time’s outstanding.

“I think he’s proven he can get topliners and I think he should attract better mares.”

Brave Smash has two first crop stakes winners on his CV this season with the Gary Portelli-trained Kimochi winning the Light Fingers Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) to go with her placings in the Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m), Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) and Coolmore Classic (Gr 1, 1500m) while the late Brave Mead also won twice at stakes level for trainer Ciaron Maher.

His second crop two-year-olds She Smashes and Smashing Time have also already won this season.

He covered 112 mares last year, his second biggest book in five years at stud.

“There’s not many mares left to sell in Brave Smash, he’s nearly fully booked now,” Mitchell said.

“He’s an incredibly promising young stallion. The good young horse in Western Australia Brave Halo ran in the [2023] Blue Diamond and got galloped on, so unfortunately we lost him, but Kimochi’s been a superstar and then unfortunately we lost Brave Mead.

“He was also on target to be a super horse. Brave Smash is a complete outcross, he gets good sorts, the trainers like them, they’re brave horses, they try hard, and I think he’s on an upward spiral.

“He hasn’t had huge books coming through but we’re going to manage him as best we can.”

Mitchell believes Yarraman’s trio of stallions provides breeders with a safe entry to the market.

“One thing is, they’re proven stallions,” he said.

“They’ve proven they can get Group horses and I think if people want to breed safely they have to go proven if they can.”

Yarraman Park service fees (fees incl GST)

2024 2023

I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) $275,000 $302,500

Hellbent (I Am Invincible) $38,500 unchanged

Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom) $33,000 unchanged

Good Old Days on Cooplacurripa

Good Old Days on Cooplacurripa

See: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/159581626

See also: https://www.phototimetunnel.com/in-the-tracks-of-tom-pritchell-bush-horseman

Featured Image: ‘Old’ Cooplacurripa believed to be Cooplacurripa homestead in the mid-1800s

A PEEP INTO THE PAST: GOOD OLD DAYS ON COOPLACURRIPA.

GOOD ALL-ROUND HORSEMEN AND ROUGH RIDERS.

Written ‘The Wingham Chronicle.’

BY RICHARD HINTON.

ARTICLE NO. 4.

I was about eleven years of age when I first went to Cooplacurripa Station. I was born at Cooplacurripa, and my father— the late James Hinton— was stockman, horse breaker, and blacksmith on Cooplacurripa for years before I was old enough to play a part m station work and station life.

HIRED BY J. K. MACKAY.

I was hired by Mr. J. K. Mackay, and he had a share in Giro Station. When on one occasion I was sent over to Giro Station, there was mustering work being carried out at the time at Glenrock, and I was instructed to go there. I met some of the crack riders of the day at Glenrock.

THREE GREAT HORSEMEN.

There were three dark fellows there. They were Jimmy Doyle, Jack Cook, and Albert Widders. These three men were great horsemen. Jack Cook was out on his own for breaking in horses and as an ‘all round’ horseman. Albert Widders was the best man I ever saw in a yard drafting wild cattle on foot. I have seen wild cattle charge straight at him. Albert would just step neatly aside, and the wild beasts would pass on. Under similar circumstances most other men would have been on the top of the fence.

Alec. Campbell was Boss on Glenrock Station at the time to which I am now referring. Billy Bristo was the head stockman on the same station.

‘TUGLO.’

On one occasion I remember we went from Glenrock Station to what was known as ‘Tuglo.’ This place is part and parcel of the Station property.We camped at ‘Tuglo’ for the night.

When morning dawned, we went to look for our horses. I did not bother taking a bridle with me. I could see a grey horse up on the ridge, and I thought it was mine. When I got up to the animal, I dis covered it was not mine. I did not bother going back for a bridle. I got on the tracks of the two horses I was looking for and followed them down the creek for about two miles. They were making towards Giro. I eventually overtook the two horses, put the hopple straps round one fellow’s neck, and the other one followed me. As I was returning up the’ river again to where we had camped the previous night, a mob of wild horses happened along. Some of the Glenrock chaps had started them when they were after their horses. My horse caught sight of the wild mob, and he set out after them at full gallop, 1 only had the hobble strap round his neck, and no saddle on.

‘STUCK HIM.’

I stuck him going down into a steep gully. He jumped over the gully, and was cutting out the pace in fine style going round a steep sidling. I thought it about time to leave him, and I seized a favourable opportunity and threw myself off. I rolled about 25 yards down the hill before I struck a tree. However, I was not seriously hurt.

The two horses caught up with the wild ones and went on with them. When I returned to the camp, I told Mr. Campbell what had happened. He sent two men after the horses. They got them on a high top, and the wild horses kept the two station horses away from them. The two station horses were duly caught and brought back to camp. One of them had been ‘bit’ about a little by the wild horses.

HAPPIEST AND JOLLIEST.

Some of the happiest and jolliest stockmen I ever’ met I was brought into contact with at Glenrock in my young days. There were many smart horsemen amongst them— men who could hold their own with the best men that ever hopped into a saddle.

OUTLAW FROM MUSWELLBROOK.

When I was at Glenrock, Mr. Alec Campbell bought an outlaw horse at Muswellbrook. He brought him over to Glenrock Station, and wanted some of his men to ride the outlaw? None of them showed any burning desire to mount the animal. Jack Cook, who was in the employ of Mr. Augustus Hooke at Curricabahk, was at Glenrock Station at the time. Cook was helping them to muster at Glenrock. Mr. Campbell said to ‘Cook: ‘What about you having a seat on him, Jack?’ Cook replied: ‘No, Boss. I’ll buy him from you.’ So Campbell finished up by selling the outlaw to Cook for the same money he had paid for him at Muswellbrook.

Cook took the outlaw over to the blacksmith’s shop and shod him. I helped to hold him whilst this was being done. After he had been shod, Jack Cook saddled the outlaw, and mounted him. He took him over into a little paddock near the homestead before he got on him. He was a very hard horse to get on. He used to rear straight in the air as soon as Jack put his foot into the stirrup. Jack managed to get into the saddle anyhow. The outlaw wheeled round, and bucked clean over the fence without touching it. From there he bucked down over a steep bank into the creek. He then bucked down the bed of the creek, in the water. He struck a rock while bucking in the creek, and the result was that the girths broke.

There were quite a number of station hands watching the exhibition of horsemanship. We sang out to Cook that his girths were broken. Cook jumped off. As soon as he did so, the saddle slipped round on the outlaw, and he gave it one kick and sent it flying yards up along the bank of the creek.

Cook still held the bridle and stuck to the outlaw. He brought him up into the same paddock again and saddled him once more. He then hopped on to him. This time the outlaw bucked over the fence on the opposite side to that he had cleared in the first instance. It was a two-rail fence. Cook had the best of the outlaw, and the outlaw never touched it. Shortly after and rode him to a standstill. He was the only man who ever did so.

Cook had this outlaw for years. He could ride him all right, but no one else ever succeeded in sticking him. Cook sold the horse at various times to different people— on trial—but every time he got him back— none of them could ‘sit’ him.

HORSEMEN I HAVE KNOWN.

I have ridden with many rough riders in my younger days, but I would say that the late Duncan McPherson and W-. H. Mackay were out on their own— that is to say, as real rough riders. They did a lot of rough-riding on Cooplacurripa years ago.

I do not want to blow about myself as a rough-rider in my young days, but I can honestly say this, that I could generally keep in sight of the best of them. The two roughest stations I ever rode on were Giro and Glenrock. They had some splendid horses on both those stations in my young days— no better’ or more spirited animals ever looked through a bridle. . .

My experience of bush riding is that you will find a lot of good riders downhill. However, where the good riding and judgment count is going round steep sjdings and into steep gullies ”at a good bat.”

TOM THE MAILMAN

To get away from rough-riders for a moment, might I mention another matter. Many years ago, Tom Briton used io run’ the mail’ from Gloucester to Walcha. He carried the mails, of course, on horseback. Tom was a hard old case and could pitch a good yrn with the best of the hands of his day.

Tom used to stop at Nowendoc at night— at Mr. Thomas Laurie’s— and he frequently had a great job crossing the rivers in flood time. He had to cross the Little Manning but went round the rest of the rivers. Whenever he came to a flooded stream, and he was mounted on his well-known black pony, Tom Briton was never afraid to put the animal into the stream. He used to reckon this animal was the best thing he ever saw in water. Tom said he would sometimes come to a river, find it was running a banker; but he would secure the mail matter, put it in bags, tie the bags up tightly, and fix them securely to the saddle.

Then he would put the black pony into the stream. Tom used to say that the only thing that troubled him was holding his breath long enough—as the mare used to ‘walk straight across the bottom of the stream.’ Tom swore by the ashes of his fathers that many a time ‘he ‘ ‘heard’ the logs’ clinking over the top of him.’

SNOWSTORM.

On one occasion Tom Briton went on to Walcha, and a heavy snowstorm came on. Coming back from Walcha with the mail, he lost his track in the snow. He got two miles out of his course, and then ‘struck’ a fence. Fletcher’s boundary rider from an ad joining station was on his rounds, and saw a horse tied up to the fence and covered with snow. The boundary rider went up, brushed the snow off the bags, and off the pony, and discovered it was Tom the mailman’s property.

Eventually the boundary rider found old Tom Britain lying against a big log. Tom had half a bottle of rum lying alongside of him. The boundary rider pulled the cork out of the rum bottle. Tom could not speak, nor could he open his mouth. It was frozen. So, nothing could be done with the rum just then.

HOT WATER.

The boundary rider got Tom on to his own horse and led him down to a hut about two miles distant. There he got Tom off the horse, and laid him down inside the hut, whilst he made a fire. He put on a quart of water. It was soon pretty well. boiling. He poured some of the hot water on Tom’s mouth, and through the medium of the hot water Tom the Mail

man recovered his speech, as he was able to open his mouth. He was also able to sit up and take a little nourishment—liquid and otherwise. Tom stopped there till the rum was finished, and he felt all right. Then he proceeded on his way to Gloucester, little the worse for his cold experience.

HEAVY PARCELS.

Tom Briton was one of those kind good-hearted old mailmen. There was a woman on his mail route those days who was always asking Tom to bring heavy parcels up from Gloucester for her. One day she asked Tom if he could bring a flowerpot up for her. Tom’s reply was pretty effective. He said: ‘No, Missus, I have a plough and harrow to bring up next time on horseback with. me, so it will be quite impossible to bring a flower, pot without breaking it.’

That was the finish of requests from the woman in question to bring ‘cargo’ along from Gloucester— and Tom was not sorry.

Tom died years ago at Gloucester. He had many genuine friends amongst the old hands, all of whom had a good word for him and at least some of the readers of this article will remember him.

Cooplacurripa Cattle Droving

Cooplacurripa Cattle Droving

See: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/159585374

See also: https://www.phototimetunnel.com/in-the-tracks-of-tom-pritchell-bush-horseman

The Gloucester Advocate (NSW : 1905 – 1954)  Fri 22 Jul 1932 Page 4 

PEEP INTO THE PAST

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PEEP INTO THE PAST GOOD OLD’ DAYS ON ‘COOPLACURRIPA’

Written for the ‘Wingham Chronicle’

By RICHARD HINTON

Article. No. 14.

Featured Image: Cattle Droving Photograph c. 1950s

DROVING IN THE EARLY DAYS.

I remember in the very early days a big mob of mixed cattle being shifted from Cooplacurripa Station to the Barwon. Mr. J. K. Mackay had a station out on the Barwon, and also owned Cooplacurripa at the same time. ‘Mercadool’ was the name of Mackay’s Station on the Barwon.

As far as I can recollect, it was either J J Gallagher or John Higgins who had charge of that mob of cattle. John Higgins is dead — died some years ago. He has two sons at Gloucester to-day — Thomas and J. R. Higgins. Mr. J. J. Gallagher is still in the land of the living and has extensive property interests at Krambach and Bundook. J. K. Mackay was a very fine general in selecting men to do his droving. He knew just what qualifications were required for a big job, and ‘ he also knew the men who were likely to possess those qualifications.

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Chester or Chester?

Chester or Chester?

Not to be confused. The ‘Scone Equine Walk of Fame’ lists ‘Chester’ in the category including Performance and Polo Horses.

Featured Image: Chester 1874 by Yattendon (AUS) by Sir Hercules (AUS) out of Lady Chester (GB).

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/equine-walk-of-fame/

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/polo-hall-of-fame-ponies-to-remember/

This entry should not be confused with the great thoroughbred CHESTER owned and raced in the 19th century by leviathan giant of the turf the Hon James White.

See: Chester – Scone Vet Dynasty

Darley Flying Start

Darley Flying Start

Also known as Godolphin Flying Start

See: Godolphin Flying Start | Leading to Success

Featured Image: Godolphin Flying Start Graduates 2022 featuring Angus Robertson of Scone

Back L to R: Tommy Lyon-Smith, George Broughton, Donncha McCarthy, David Skelly, Angus Robertson

Front L to R: Erin McLaughlin, Devon Dougherty, Brigitte Murphy, Marine Moussa, Solene Hudbert, Samantha Bussanich

Education has been the lynchpin of my life. I’ve documented this quite extensively in my prolix ramblings in both ‘hard copy’ and online. A fellow ‘Ten-Pound-Pom’ of my generation reminded me we were the luckiest generation – ever. We were the beneficiaries of the largesse of the immediate Post-WWII Government in the UK. Everyone, except the electorate, expected this to be headed by wartime leader and national hero Winston Churchill. It wasn’t. It was Labour PM Clement Attlee. He instituted social reforms which included the National Health Service (NHS) and ‘free’ secondary and tertiary education. How lucky were we? Churchill said of Attlee: “He was a very modest man with a lot to be modest about”. I’ll leave that evaluation to better judges!

Godolphin (Darley) Flying Start is one of the most select and ‘elite’ compacts I have encountered in over 60 years of continuing professional development. I’m privileged to have played a small part myself in the early days.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/junling-sun-in-scone/

By now the world of thoroughbred racing and breeding is infiltrated by many outstanding graduates of the training program. Some of these come from privileged backgrounds such as a member of the aristocratic Sackville family in England and the grandson of Hollywood Mogul Louis B Mayer. Others are from a range of backgrounds and countries representing a large personal and geographic spectrum indeed.

Two local Scone identities are distinguished beneficiaries of the program. These are Adrian Bott (ex-Segenhoe Stud) and Angus Robertson of ‘Turanville’, Scone. The latter boasts a long and distinguished pedigree in both pastoral and thoroughbred enterprises. Thomas Cook owned Turanville over a century ago. He was one of the Hunter Valley’s most prominent breeders of horses. Angus’s great grandfather purchased ‘Turanville’ in 1938 and was directly associated with both the formation of the Scone Race Club (1944) and the Scone Cup Races first run in 1947. His legacy prevails in spades!

Not to be outdone, Angus has another historic legend on the distaff side of the family.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/the-melbourne-cup-1915-australias-first-lady-owner/

Junling Sun in Scone

Junling Sun in Scone

Featured Image: Darley Flying Start pen picture of Junling Sun.

It may come as a surprise, but Junling Sun aka ‘Jimmy’ has a close association with Scone. He was resident here at ‘Willowgate Hall’, Kingdon Street in 2008.

I first met Junling Sun (‘Jimmy’) in 2004 when I was with a group from the Australian Stock Horse Society on an exploratory trade mission to the People’s Republic of China. CEO Steve Guihot led the ‘charge to China’ accompanied by Ray Hynes, Mike Thew (Scone TAFE), Terry Blake, Duncan & Jill Macintyre, Craig Young (Gloucester) and a few other interested parties. It was an eye-opening expedition to the then emerging PRC.

One of the most impressive individuals we met was Junling Sun. He was an undergraduate student at the Nanjing Agricultural University and delivered a most enthusiastic address in perfect English to our group. We all agreed he was a ‘find’ and should be nurtured as a significant contact.

Through the aegis of TAFE NSW, we invited ‘Jimmy’ to visit Australia funded with a ‘travelling fellowship’ arranged by Mike Thew, then head of SCONE TAFE Campus. The first thing we discovered was that Jimmy was not as proficient at English as we thought! He’d learned his address in Nanjing by rote and carried it off with aplomb. Nonetheless the trip was great success. My great friend and professional colleague Derek Major at Agnes Banks gave him the sobriquet ‘Jimmy’ which delighted him! Until then we didn’t know whether to call him ‘Sun’ or ‘Junling’? He was very gregarious. In retrospect ‘Sunny’ would have been apposite.

Fast forward a few short years to 2008. Through foundation CEO Ollie Tait I developed an association with Darley Australia, then newly established at ‘Kelvinside’, Aberdeen. Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, had developed a grand vision of global hegemony in the esoteric world of Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding. Few individuals on the planet could ever have nurtured such a far-sighted concept! It’s worked.

See: | Australia (darley.com.au)

See: Godolphin Flying Start | Graduates of 2008 – Godolphin Flying Start

Through and early association suffice it to say I managed to ‘orchestrate’ an application for Junling Sun access the intake for 2008. Ollie Tait was the catalyst , conductor and Master of Ceremonies.

The Sewer of Social Media II

The Sewer of Social Media II

“Perhaps the greatest threat to civilization”

Featured Image: ‘Welcome to X’ Wilcox SMH 22/04/2024

The Cathy Wilcox @cathywilcox1

Here we are. My @smh@theage cartoon.

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/the-sewer-of-social-media/

Recent ‘convergence of atrocities’ (Peter Hartcher, ‘Nation must look in the mirror’, SMH 20/04/24) has honed in on the social media companies who provide the platforms for ‘ratbags and their ilk’ to coordinate their criminally egregious agendas. The stabbings at Bondi Junction and the knifing at Wakeley shortly thereafter were disastrous sequelae to horrendous acts of violence. While apportioning of blame is a burning hot topic, a cautionary tale is to take a step back and contemplate. “The social media companies reflect the world in which we live” (SMH correspondent 22/04/24).

Ian Biggs writes in ‘Comment’ SMH April 23, 2024:

“With or without: A social dilemma”:

“In the wake of a pair of stabbings earlier this month, misinformation and hate on social platforms made the fallout far worse. And yet, millions of us remain hooked. If we wanted to, we could leave it behind? From experience – and anecdotal evidence – the answer is “not easily”, but it’s worth trying. I did; and I succeeded!

Dr Eliot Forbes heads NZ Racing Integrity Board

Dr Eliot Forbes heads NZ Racing Integrity Board

I’m always intrigued when a fellow professional aspires to high office in the racing industry. Especially as I once nurtured hopes for similar situations for myself! In fact, I ‘ran a place’ in seeking at least two of the positions cited in the dossier below. I was unsuccessful in Tasmania and with the Australian Stud Book. Fellow veterinarian John Digby ‘trumped me’ in the latter, a wise choice by the combined administrators, the AJC & VRC. I was invited to join the Harness Racing Board when Brian Judd and Barry Rose were in charge but declined.

Featured Image: Dr Eliot Forbes

See: https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news/international-racing/dr-eliot-forbes-heads-nz-racing-integrity-board/811075

Posted by: Bernard Kenny at 3:34pm on 22/4/2024

Posted in: International Horse Racing

“I am honoured to accept the role of Chief Executive of the Racing Integrity Board,” said Dr Eliot Forbes, “as Integrity is a critical enabler for the success of the racing industry.”

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