Sire Profile: Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot was bred to be outstanding. His sire and dam are triple Gr.1 winner Dubawi and triple Gr.1 winner Dar Re Mi, while his four grandparents are all Gr.1 winners too: Gr.1 Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium, Gr.1 Oaks d’Italia winner Zomaradah, four-time Gr.1 winner Singspiel, and Gr.1 Prix Vermeille winner Darara.

Read the full profile in Bluebloods: 2023 – Issue 2

Sire Profile: Pierata

Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) was the type of racehorse that owners love to own. A tough racehorse who was consistent across several seasons, from two through to five, he won in every season he raced. If his progeny are anything like him, their owners are going to have so much fun.

With his first crop now yearlings, racehorse owners and trainers will be keen to find a Pierata that has the same fighting qualities he had. “Pierata was a high-class sprinter, one of the best of his generation, and he competed at the top level for several seasons,” said John Davis of Aquis Farm. “He’s a magnificent type that has let down extremely well. He’s been well-supported by some of the best breeders in Australia covering 312 mares in his first two seasons. It’s now half-way through his third season and Pierata should cover around 150 quality mares again this year.”

Read more in Bluebloods 2022: Issue 6

Picking The Next Big Thing

In this game of racing horses, we are all gamblers at heart. Our love of the punt extends from the track to the farm where breeders send mares to unproven young stallions, and yearling buyers chase their progeny. The odds of any horse becoming a star isn’t that great with only one in every seventy foals born earning black type, although prizemoney is so good in Australia that a city class horse will pay the training fees and more with one or two strong performances.

Every year, people take the punt on the next big thing; the first season stallion who they remember racing and now has everything ahead of them in the breeding barn. It’s innocent until proven guilty, but for horses; brilliant until proven otherwise! Most of those stallions will fail to leave a decent horse, but when they are good, they are spectacular and it’s for that reason that people take the gamble on first season sires. It’s the art and thrill of picking the ones who will succeed that keeps the gamblers coming back to take another chance.

The recently crowned 2021/22 Champion Sire I Am Invincible retired to stud in 2010 and his first crop of yearlings yielded seven stakes winners including Gr.1 winners Brazen Beau and Voodoo Lad. Brazen Beau won the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and the Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap with earnings over $1.4million and was crowned Champion 3YO Colt in Australia, while Voodoo Lad won the Gr.1 Winterbottom Stakes and over $1.9million. I Am Invincible has since gone on to sire 86 stakes winners and 14 Gr.1 winners, and as a non-Gr.1 winner himself, he was a big punt with his first crop. Brazen Beau cost $70,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, while Voodoo Lad was a $36,000 purchase from the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.

The group of stallions who retired to stud in 2017 (first foals born in 2018, and therefore currently four-year-olds) has been a stand out year with Extreme Choice leading the pack. Winner of the Gr.1 Blue Diamond at two and Gr.1 AJ Moir Stakes at three, Extreme Choice left seven stakes winners in his first crop of only 46 foals (15% stakes winners to foals) including Gr.1 Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside, and has already left Gr.1 Victoria Oaks winner She’s Extreme in his second crop. Gr.1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist retired to stud in the same year, and his first crop resulted in five stakes winners, including Gr.1 Champagne Stakes winner Captivant. Capitalist now has nine stakes winners across his two, three, and four-year-olds. Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie left four stakes winners from his 2018 crop including Gr.1 winner Artorius, while both Star Turn and Worthy Cause also left first crop Gr.1 winners.

The stallions who went to stud in 2018 have spring three-year-olds, and already two of them have left Gr.1 winners. Gr.2 winner Gold Standard (Sebring) left Gr.1 Champagne Stakes winner Sheeza Belter in his first crop of only 39 foals, and this crop also includes Listed placed Golden Queen. Buyers had big hopes for Almanzor, paying good money for his first crop, and he’s already delivered with Gr.1 Victoria Derby winner Manzoice among his spring three-year-olds, with two-year-old Listed Karaka Million winner Dynastic also in his first crop.

First season sires are a gamble, but when a buyer gets it right, the punt is worth it.

Further details on all stallions mentioned, and the current group of first season sires, can be found at

From Bluebloods 2022: Issue 6

Personality: Gerard Twomey

Bookmaker Gerard Twomey’s career closely follows the changes to the betting landscape in the last forty years. From hanging around the racetrack as a youth to the acquisition of his own bookmaker’s licence, then the shift into online bookmaking, and training young analysts, Twomey now works for RACELAB whose core products form the IT behind many major online bookmakers.

How did you get interested in horses and bookmaking?

Read more in Bluebloods 2022: Issue 6

Book Review: Elite

Elite: A contemporary history of Group One racing in New Zealand, by Aiden Rodley

Review by Renee Geelen

When the COVID pandemic closed all horse racing in New Zealand in 2020, journalist Aiden Rodley used his lockdown time to create Elite. The beautifully compiled coffee table style books is a comprehensive history of contemporary Gr.1 racing in New Zealand, with every current Gr.1 race given plenty of attention going back to the switch in 1978 from Principal races to the Group and Listed style of black type that is in use today. The racing data is current up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Read more in Bluebloods 2022: Issue 6

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Obit: Not a Single Doubt

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 5

Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar, by Snippets) who died in June 2022 began his stud career at a fee of $13,750 rising to $110,000 for his fifteen and final season in 2019. He is the sire of winners of over $150 million including crack sprinter and The Everest winner Classique Legend plus 15 individual Gr.1 winners including Golden Slipper hero Farnan. His 79 stakes winners represent over 7.4% of his runners. Not only he is one of the real rags to riches stories in the modern stallion ranks, Not a Single Doubt exists as a reminder not to write off a stallion too early with his first stakes winner coming when his first crop were less than a month from turning four.

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Gai Waterhouse: 150 Gr1 Wins

Bluebloods Magazine: 2022 Issue 5

Trainer Gai Waterhouse achieved a career milestone in 2022 with her 150th Gr.1 win with Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) in the 2022 Stradbroke Handicap on 11 June 2022. Her first Gr.1 win was Te Akau Nick (Grosvenor) in the Gr.1 Metropolitan Handicap on 5 October 1992, in the same calendar year that she gained her trainer’s license.

Statue: Kerrin McEvoy

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 5

The Autumn Sun. Dubawi. Shamardal. Probabeel. Guelph. Sepoy. Srikandi. Egg Tart. Redzel. Lucia Valentina. Just some of the Gr.1 winners ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. The jockey, whose first ride was in 1997, has won 80 Gr.1 races with ten of those in Europe, and his career is still evolving. Those 80 Gr.1 wins have come aboard sixty different horses.

McEvoy was born in the small town of Streaky Bay, some 700km west of Adelaide, into a racing family. Horses are easy to fall in love with, and McEvoy was surrounded by them from a young age. Kerrin McEvoy’s father, Phillip was a jockey, as was his grandfather Bill Holland, who also trained racehorses.

Sire Profile: Star Turn

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 5

With a Gr.1 winner and an additional four stakes winners from his first crop of three-year-olds, Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) has made a brilliant start to his stud career.

“Star Turn demonstrated very early that he was able to get a good quality racehorse on the track. After his first season of runners he had the highest two-year-old winners to runners percentage of all stallions, some 11% higher than the next best which was Snitzel. A mighty performance to be beaten by just one winner to Capitalist in the first season sires title by individual winners but with a lot less runners,” said Vinery’s Adam White.

Sire Profile: Yes Yes Yes

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 4

With 119 rising yearlings in his first crop, Champion 3YO colt Yes Yes Yes should be a leading contender among the first season sires who will have yearlings for sale in 2023. An absolute speedster of the highest level who matured early, buyers who consider themselves good judges of a precocious type will be out in force inspecting the Yes Yes Yes youngsters.

Coolmore and their clients have supported Yes Yes Yes with a strong book of mares for his first season, with 21 Stakes Winners or dams of Stakes Winners in foal.  Another twenty-seven are out of young city winning mares with pedigrees that scream potential upside when combined with Yes Yes Yes’s speed.