Renee Geelen is able to take complex ideas or data and communicates them effectively to an audience. Here are some examples of her work.

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shamardal and Sons

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 4 It’s been two years since Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) died and he’s left behind a lasting legacy of outstanding Thoroughbreds cast in his distinctive mold. Born in 2002, Sharmadal died in 2020 aged 18. Among his 161 stakes winners are multiple Gr1 winners and champions, such as Horse of […]

Statue: Winx

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 4 To win one Gr.1 WS Cox Plate is very special. To win four—in succession—is a history making achievement. Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) joined an elite club of Thoroughbreds who have won the same Gr.1 race four times with her victories in Australia’s Weight For Age championship race […]

Book Review: The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 3 The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy by Paul Mathieu Take a syndicate of five gentleman gamblers; a stud owner, a royal vet, two city financiers, and a master of foxhounds. Look near Stonehenge for the spot to build an isolated year. Recruit a brilliant young Irish trainer. Enforce secrecy by locking up […]

Statue: Fallen Jockeys

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 3 One of the most poignant statues in horse racing is the Fallen Jockeys statue. The original, created by Jennifer Mann, was installed at Caulfield Racecourse in 2004. A copy was later installed at Royal Randwick Racecourse in 2014. The sculpture is a slightly larger than life-sized bronze of jockey Hugh […]

Movers and Shakers: Brae Sokolski

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 3 Racehorse owner Brae Sokolski has been making headlines lately with his ownership stakes in horses like Verry Elleegant (Zed-Opulence, by Danroad), Incentivise (Shamus Award-Miss Argyle, by Iglesia), Yes Yes Yes (Rubick-Sin Sin Sin, by Fantastic Light), Hinged (Worthy Cause-Tints, by Tycoon Ruler), and Coolangatta (Written Tycoon-Piping Hot, by More Than […]

Sire Profile: Portland Sky

Bluebloods Magazine 2022: Issue 3 Portland Sky (Deep Field-Sky Rumba, by Shrewd Rhythm) brings many of the attributes that Australian breeders seek when looking at stallion potential for their broodmares. Australia’s reputation for producing the world’s best sprinters relies on stallion prospects like Portland Sky who could run quick times over sprint trips and win […]

Statue: Phar Lap

Bluebloods Magazine Phar Lap (Night Raid-Entreaty, by Winkie) gave hope to Australians living in the Great Depression, and such is his ongoing legendary status in the community, it is only fitting that he is represented by three separate statues. Winner of 37 of his 51 starts, Phar Lap’s record is familiar to most racing enthusiasts […]

Statue: La Reyna

Sometimes a writer comes across a mystery and the puzzle refuses to be solved. One such mystery involves the sculpture “La Reyna and her Foal” by Arthur Jacques Le Duc. Situated in the Sydney Botanic Gardens, and labelled simply ‘Mare and Foal’, the sculpture was created in France in 1890. But who was La Reyna, […]

Champions Who Failed At Stud

Or how History has been kinder than anyone imagined. Social media is a wonderful way for fans to connect with each other. One of the discussions that seems to loop around every breeding season is the notion of champion racehorses who failed at stud. While these discussions can be varied, and sometimes heated, one sub-set […]

Statue: Octagonal

Octagonal (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces of Eight) is the only Australian Horse of the Year to sire an Australian Horse of the Year, and yet it wasn’t his stallion ability that had the whole country in awe of him. Known as The Big O, Octagonal wowed crowds with his finishing speed and toughness. The black […]

Personality Profile: Angus Lamont

Angus Lamont isn’t one to ponder the past, preferring to look to the future. There’s an irony in that, given that he runs one of Australia’s historical stud farms; Kooringal Stud formed in 1910. This season, Kooringal Stud will launch two exciting new stallions, Sandbar (Snitzel-Tallow, by Street Cry) and Last Kingdom (Frankel). “This is […]

Drought And Impact on Horses

Drought. It’s a word that strikes dread in farmer’s hearts and wallets and one we’ve all become sadly accustomed to hearing. For fifteen of the past twenty years, much of Australia has been in drought. To put that in context, Australia has officially been in drought for thirty-seven of the past one hundred years, so […]

Statue: Bart Cummings

When asked by a journalist, “What do you attribute your success to?” Bart Cummings simply replied, “Horses.” Over his sixty-two year training career, Cummings trained the winners of twelve Melbourne Cups, and a grand total of 268 Gr.1 races. Cummings took out his trainer’s licence in 1953 while based at his father’s stables in Adelaide […]

Personality Profile: Denise Martin

Star Thoroughbred’s Denise Martin has been in operation since 1994 – just a touch over 25 years – and has become known for her charismatic ability to bring people together in syndicates. Since aligning with the Chris Waller stable in 2014, the number of Star Thoroughbreds has continued to grow, including D’Argento (So You Think), […]

Statue: Snitzel

Snitzel is one of only six sires in Australian history to win four consecutive Stallion Premierships, and as an active sire, there is likely more still to come. Bred by Francois Naude, Snitzel is by Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, who in turn is by Champion Sire Danehill. Snitzel is the second foal of Listed Sapphire […]

Statue: Redoute’s Choice

Bred to be brilliant, Redoute’s Choice was foaled on the 15th of August in 1996. In 1995, his breeder, Muzaffar Yaseen, sent his young well bred mare Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad) to boom young sire Danehill. Danehill’s first crop had been born in 1991 and that first crop included Danzero who won the Gr.1 Golden […]

Impact of COVID

Bluebloods spoke to a few farms about the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on farm procedure, the racing industry, and how they do business. The shift of auction sales to an online format has been the biggest change, however, each farm talked about different challenges. Spendthrift’s Garry Cuddy IRT have done an amazing job looking […]

Statue: Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher – the horse who raced into equine immortality – was immortalised in bronze when a sculpture was unveiled at Ellerslie Racecourse in New Zealand in March 2018. The first New Zealand trained racehorse to win $1million in prizemoney, Bonecrusher is best remembered for his victory in the 1986 WS Cox Plate over fellow kiwi […]

Statue: Bill Waterhouse

When the word ‘leviathan’ is frequently tagged with someone, it is appropriate that the sculpture of them is also oversized. The recently unveiled statue of Bill Waterhouse is 125% life sized – a leviathan statue for a leviathan bookmaker. Bill Waterhouse was born in 1922, and his story really begins at age sixteen when he […]

Statue: Malua

Modern racing pundits can easily slip into the error of dismissing Malua’s extreme race record because he raced such a long time ago. Times were different then, folks say. A quick look at the betting trends for the Adelaide Cup of 1884 tells quite a different story – punters back in 1884 were just as […]

Statue: Northerly

The 2001 Gr.1 WS Cox Plate is one of those races in history where everyone has an opinion. Northerly beat Sunline in her attempt to win her third Cox Plate, and the three year-old Viscount got stuck in traffic. Everyone in racing has an opinion – who would have won without the interference? Who caused […]

Statue: Gunsynd

The Goondiwindi Grey started life in northern NSW at The Dip Stud, a cattle and wheat property owned by John Clift. Gunsynd’s dam, Woodie Wonder (Newtown Wonder – Woodstand, by Mr Standfast) was a twin who managed a bush placing as a two year-old. Her first foal, by Grenfel Star was unplaced. For her next […]

Statue: Ethereal

The most recent horse to win both the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup and Gr.1 Melbourne Cup in the same season, NZ bred racemare Ethereal (Rhythm-Romanee Conti, by Sir Tristram) was captured in bronze by artist Michelle Farrell for owner-breeder Pencarrow Stud. Only eleven horses have managed this feat since the Caulfield Cup was first run in […]

Statue: Todman

At Rosehill Racecourse stands a statue of Todman, the inaugural Golden Slipper winner. Bred at Baramul Stud in 1954 by Stanley Wootton, Todman was the first named foal from the minor winner Oceana (Colombo – Orama, by Diophon), and from the third crop of imported galloper Star Kingdom (Stardust – Impromptu, by Concerto). Oceana had […]

Statue: Archer

Plans are underway in the Shoalhaven district to immortalise Australia’s inaugural Melbourne Cup winner, Archer, with a statue. Archer (William Tell – Maid Of The Oaks, by Vagabond) won the Melbourne Cup in 1861, and again in 1862, and was trained by Etienne de Mestre at his farm, Terrara, just out of Nowra. The planned […]

Statue: Inglis Yearling

When the Inglis Riverside Complex opened recently at Warwick Farm, the unveiling of the new super-sized statue ‘The Yearling and the Leader’ drew plenty of attention. The sculpture, by local artist Tanya Bartlett, stands proudly at the entrance to the complex, and represents a yearling colt and his female handler. Bluebloods spoke to Inglis Managing […]

Statue: Scone Mare and Foal

Scone’s iconic Mare and Foal statue has enraptured residents for over thirty-five years. Unveiled in 1982 by local minister Eric Bedford, the sculpture was created by Gabriel Sterk, a Dutch born immigrant to South Australia who currently resides in France. His works are award winners all over Europe and Australia, and yet, in a dramatic […]

Statue: Danehill

Danehill. His name is etched into Australian racing history as a legendary influence on the breed here. His deeds need no introduction, and yet the list of his achievements is worthy of repetition. In some ways, Danehill is the private school kid who had every advantage in life. His third dam, Natalma, is the dam […]

Statue: Buffering

Every now and again a horse comes along whose tenacity, his will to win, and his longevity earns him a deserved fan club. Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) was one such horse, and last year, the Brisbane Racing Club unveiling a statue at Eagle Farm to commemorate his connection to the club and […]

Statue: Black Caviar

Black Caviar, world champion sprinter, is a Victorian product with both her sire and damsire standing in the southern state. To have her statue proudly displayed in her hometown of Nagambie demonstrates her connection to Victoria and to Nagambie. Bred by Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farms, Black Caviar was offered for sale through Swettenham Stud’s […]

Drought and WFA Winners

NSW is currently in drought affected conditions, with the entire state of NSW being officially declared in drought as at the end of July 2018. According to the Department of Primary Industries, “the end of July 2018 places up to 48% of the state (NSW) as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense […]

Impact of Imported Broodmares in Australia

With the ease of airplane transport over the past couple of decades, the breeding industry has shrunk, and the number of imported broodmares has seen an increase reflecting the growth in the shuttle era over the same time frame. Many industry participants are aware of the success of American bred broodmares in Australia, thanks to […]

Statue: Sir Tristram

Racing thrives on a true rags to riches story, and Sir Tristram is one of the greatest stories ever scripted. Long before Sir Patrick Hogan earnt his title, he began life in the horse breeding game as a farmer. After several years learning the ropes of the industry on the family farm, Fencourt Stud, Hogan […]

The Trodmore Hunt Scam

Over the centuries, punters have come up with a huge range of ways to beat the bookies, some fair and some wildly inventive. One method is the ghost game, a race or sporting match which doesn’t exist and yet appears to exist for bookies to take odds on it. In the modern era, these are […]

Statue: Bernborough

Born under the clouds of World War Two, Bernborough (Emborough – Bern Maid, by Bernard) was the hero Australia needed as the threats of war gathered closer in the Pacific. Bred by Harry Winten in 1939 on the Darling Downs, it has been suggested that Bernborough may have been sired by Monash Valley, as both […]

Movers and Shakers: Olly Tait

Olly Tait has long been a name to be reckoned with in the Australian, and global, racing industry. After fifteen years with Darley, Olly Tait, along with his wife Amber, have purchased a 1012ha property from Darley and reverted the famous farm’s name back to its original Twin Hills Farm. Tait is the third generation […]

Broodmare Demographics

One of the arguments that crops up every year is the relative value of an unraced broodmare over a top class racemare. Much of this argument boils down to personal preference, and a single example used here and there. Anyone with a slight interest in racing can pull out any example to fit a theory, […]

Movers and Shakers: Luigi Muollo

Novara Park has quickly made headlines in New Zealand with their globetrotting Gr.1 stallion Jakkalberry, who was the leading first season sire by combined average at the Premier/Select 2017 NZB yearling sale. His stock averaged $163,500 off only a $6,000 service fee, and Jakkalberry was also the leading sire overall by average at the Select […]

Movers and Shakers: Albert Bosma

Albert Bosma’s Go Racing made headlines once again as their three year-old Hasahalo won the Gr.1 One Thousand Guineas at Riccarton in the spring of 2017. Having built the business up from one horse, group winner Silky Red Boxer, in 2003, Go Racing now boasts having introduced over 450 owners to the racing industry. With […]

Freshman Sires

The big topic of conversation at Inglis Easter 2016 was about the second season sires; those stallions that had been hot last year when they were freshman sires.  It was perceived by breeders and vendors that buyers had dropped those stallions from their buying list too early.  Vendors felt that buyers took a knee-jerk reaction […]

Group One Mares

The recent Magic Millions broodmare sale smashed records and among the five million dollar plus mares were two Gr.1 winning maiden mares. The investors in these two racemares should be reading this article with baited breath. Is the amount of money spent of young Gr.1 winning racemares good value? Is the market reasonable in its […]


As the 2016 breeding season approaches, broodmare owners are making economic decisions that will affect their long term viability.  Even hobby breeders make these decisions, although their balance of value can often be defined in non-monetary terms.  One of the great myths that surrounds breeding racehorses is that of over-breeding.  This article aims to discuss […]

The Victoria Derby

In defense of tradition – and a look at the last 20 winners The Victoria Derby run in spring over 2500m is an elusive race. It takes a precocious stayer to win, and pushes trainers to the edges of their ability in our sprint focused nation. One matter is consistent; every year a portion of […]

Predicting the Best Damsires

There are three key theories about how to predict a good Damsire Good sires make good damsires Sires that leave a higher % of fillies make good damsires Sires that have pedigrees containing good damsires make good damsires.

Global 2YO Racing

Australia has a global reputation for producing precocious sprinters.  Our horses win the best sprint races around the world, and we have the world’s richest two year-old race (the Gr.1 Golden Slipper). Yet less than 20% of our annual foal crop race as 2YOs.  While over 75% of them will eventually get to the races, […]

Jump Into The Cup

If we, Australia, want to win our own Cup, we need to support our jumps racing scene. There have been five Melbourne Cup winners since an Australian bred last won it. Prior to that, we won the two previous in succession – Shocking (Street Cry – Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) and Viewed (Scenic – […]

Swettenham Anniversary Profile

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Swettenham property at Ngambie. To take advantage of the newly launched VOBIS in 1995, the Sangster family relocated many of their stallions from the NSW Collingrove property to Victoria. Renowned sire of precocious speedsters, Rory’s Jester (Crown Jester – Rory’s Rocket, by Roan Rocket), was one of […]