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Dato Tan Chin Nam to sell Melbourne Cup-winning Think Big Stud
30 May 2016

Malaysian billionaire and global property magnate Dato Tan Chin Nam is selling the prized Think Big Stud in NSW's Southern Highlands, home to Melbourne Cup and other group 1 race winning horses.

The 90-year-old, whose Australian property interests have included World Square, the heritage-listed Queen Victoria Building and the Strand Arcade, all in Sydney, is one of the most successful Melbourne Cup winning owners, being the principal owner for and personal friend of late legendary trainer Bart Cummings and New Zealand thoroughbred breeder Sir Patrick Hogan.

The 122 hectare property, 90 minutes drive from Sydney, is being sold through rural specialists Inglis Rural Property's Sam Triggs and Jamie Inglis.



The property could fetch between $18 million to $20 million.

Australian managing director for Think Big Stud, Duncan Ramage, said the property was priceless.

"This property provides what money alone can't achieve," Mr Ramage said.

Think Big Stud, located on the banks of the Wingecarribee River in the Southern Highlands, is recognised internationally as a nursery of champion thoroughbred horses.

The property has been used to spell or breed two Cox Plate winners, a Melbourne Cup winner, a Caulfield Cup winner, two Vinery Stud Stakes, two ATC Flight Stakes and a Prince of Wales Stakes in England. Numerous other international races winners have graced the property.

The farm is equipped for commercial stud operations and pre-training work withstallion barns, foaling yards and an irrigated 1200-metre grass track.

Mr Ramage said that since buying the original property in 2007, Think Big Stud has only purchased surrounding property on the winnings of horse races.

"The Stud has not been spending Dato's wealth to buy these properties. We only used the proceeds of winning big races to furnish the expansion of the stud," Mr Ramage said.

Dato Tan has a global empire of hotels and shopping centres owned through businesses such as IGB Corporation Berhad and Goldis among others. Other notable properties in Australia he has owned include the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

The billionaire is selling because of age and a lack of interest from his offspring in horse racing. He has conveyed through his representatives that he still has a positive outlook on Australian commercial property.

His move to sell does not reflect thegrowing interest from Asia in Australia's top horse studs and agricultural properties.

Last year Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung snapped up failed mining entrepreneur Nathan Tinkler's entire racing and breeding operation on the Gold Coast Hinterland known as Patinack.

Malaysian horse racing tycoon Teo Ah Khing added to his Southern Highlands trophy cabinet after paying $4.85 million at auction to acquire Southern Highland Wines, a 33-hectare winery and wedding venue in Sutton Forest. Teo Ah Khing is the chairman of Desert Star Holdings, the parent company of the successful China Horse Club, which owns stakes in 2015 Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement, Golden Slipper winner Vancouver and dual group 1 winner Pride Of Dubai.

Story by Matthew Cranston - Australian Financial Review
 

Think Big Stud Ready2Race Graduate Salutes
27 May 2016

The juvenile event at Canberra on Friday was won by promising Pendragon colt Mercurial Lad, a $40,000 Inglis The Star Ready2Race Sale purchase from the Think Big Stud draft.

Trained by Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones, who purchased the youngster after being impressed with his pre-sale breeze, Mercurial Lad was second at Goulburn on debut earlier this month and improved again today.He scored a tenacious half neck win as favourite in the 1000 metre scamper with some seven lengths back to the third horse.

Bred and offered for sale by Think Big Stud, he is the third foal of O'Reilly mare Mercury Lady, who comes from the family of Group I winners Sacred Star and Diademe.

Story by Tara Madgwick - Breednet.com.au
 

MODEL DRAGON MAKES IT TWO FROM TWO
17 May 2016

Trainer Phillip Stokes took Model Dragon to the City on her second start and was rewarded with a strong win by the 3YO Pendragon filly at Morphettville on Monday. Model Dragon was on the back foot when missing the start in the 1550m Class 2 and settled to the rear of the field on the rail. Jockey Dom Tourneur had to steer her to the extreme outside coming into the turn and she appreciated the clear running to storm home in impressive fashion winning by nearly two lengths over Octomint and The Clash a further three lengths back in third.

Strikingly similar to her stablemate Miss Gunpowder, both fillies are by our resident stallion, Pendragon and were the bred and raised at Think Big Stud and born only 2 days apart in late August 2012. Model Dragon, out of the dam, Cool and Chic, was retained to race by her breeders Don & Sally Baertschiger, Peter Lynch and Jason Bradley and is undefeated after two starts for trainer Phillip Stokes.

 

Don’t Miss a Big Opportunity
26 April 2016

The Unreserved Reduction of broodmares and race fillies from Think Big Stud to be offered at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale next Monday offers a rare opportunity to tap into the bloodlines that have made Dato Tan Chin Nam’s famed colours some of the most well-known and successful in the country.

Not many weeks pass that the familiar black and white chequerboard with yellow sleeve colours are not seen to advantage, most recently aboard Think Big homebred High Midnight at Rosehill on Saturday.

A four year-old gelding by High Chaparral (IRE), High Midnight won his fifth race from 14 starts taking his prizemoney in excess of $280,000.

Think Big Stud’s proven sire Pendragon was in hot form in Adelaide with Rolex Datejust Replica Killarney Kid making it three wins in a row when successful over 2020 metres, while Think Big homebred filly Miss Gunpowder was a close second in the Listed SAJC Redelva Stakes at her second run back from a spell after winning the Group II Tranquil Star in the spring.

One of the flagbearers for Think Big Stud in recent years has been Champion 3YO Filly Faint Perfume, who headlines their reduction draft and will be offered as Lot 274.

Retained to race, Faint Perfume won five races and $1.4 million with highlight victories in the Group I VRC Oaks and ATC Vinery Stud Stakes.

A daughter of world renowned sire Shamardal (USA), her first foal is the promising winner Iron Boss and she will be offered in foal to champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Think Big will present 38 lots including four well-bred race fillies from very successful families by So You Think and Pendragon.

Below are some of the draft highlights with many mares in foal to Northern Meteor’s brilliant son Eurozone, who was raced by Dato Tan Chin Nam in partnership with great success.

Eurozone is being given every opportunity for success at Newgate Farm and has covered nearly 300 mares in his first two seasons.

Lot 245 Maie Casey (IRE) – Imported half-sister by Singspiel to Australian Group II winner Zydeco from Group I MRC Thousand Guineas winner All Time High, a half-sister to $2.6 million earner All Our Mob.


All Time High had a winner for Godolphin at Cranbourne last Friday with 3YO Lonhro gelding Spiral showing good promise.

Offered in foal to Eurozone.

Lot 249 Miss Magdelene – Half-sister to Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas winner Wonderful World from prolific speedy Black Type family that has also produced Group I winners Spartacus and Billet Express.

Offered in foal to Eurozone.

Lot 262 Think Money – Quality staying filly by Danehill Dancer (IRE) that was second in the Group I ATC Australian Oaks and fourth in the Group I VRC Oaks. From the family of current Kiwi Group I winner Dukedom.

Offered in foal to Eurozone.

Lot 267 – Yurrapendi – Four time winning full sister to progressive 3YO filly Subsolar, who is trained by Chris Anderson and heading to the Group III BRC Doomben Roses. From an international family featuring outstanding French Group I winner Move in Time.

Offered in foal to Eurozone.

Lot 269 Ares De Lago – By the current leading broodmare sire in the country Encosta de Lago and is carrying a full sibling to stakes-placed Smart Lad as she is in foal to Prince Arthur.

From a proven Group I producing family that includes Mnemosyne, the dam of last Saturday’s impressive Sydney 2YO debut winner Impending.

Lot 272 Dance on the Moon (IRE) – Winning dam of Group III winner Awesome Planet, the dam of smart stakes-winner Awesome Rock, who won the Group I VRC Australian Cup before losing it on protest.

Offered in foal to Eurozone.

Lot 277
– Hilylia - Half-sister by High Chaparral (IRE) to Group III winner Shamalia from the family of US Group I winner Super Quercus.

Being offered as a racing and breeding proposition.

For more information on any of these mares contact Kerry Wisnewski on 0427 446 060.

Story by Tara Madgwick - Breednet.com.au
 

CUMMINGS BAGS A DOUBLE

23 April 2016

James Cummings' winning roll continued at replica watches Rosehill on Saturday when he notched up a double in consecutive races.

Cummings teamed-up with James McDonald aboard four-year-old mare Muy Bien to lead throughout in the Cheap Omega Replica TAB Just More Than Winning F&M Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m) then forty minutes later it was Glyn Schofield getting the best out of High Midnight to win the Bowermans Office Furniture Benchmark 83 Handicap (1500m).

High Midnight ($3.90 fav) box-seated until looming into the straight then had to dig deep after being headed by the Kim Waugh-trained His Majesty ($4), proving too tough at the business end, prevailing by a half-head

"He's just a good, genuine, tough racehorse," Cummings said. "The Cheap Breitling Replica Scone Cup might be his go."

The Anthony Cummings-trained Spy Decoder ($11) ran on into third a further 1-1/4 lengths away.

Click here to view the replay courtesy of Racing NSW.

This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of Cheap Omega Replica their ride in the Bowermans Office Furniture Benchmark 83 Handicap (1500m).

High Midnight fights back to beat the grey His Majesty. Photo:Steve Hart

Story by Paul Joice - Racenet.com.au

 

Yattarna Takes Out The G3 JHB Carr Stakes

16 April 2016

The James Cummings-trained Yattarna overcame a steep class rise to win Saturday's Group III JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

After finishing runner-up in a benchmark 72 event at Wyong, Yattarna appeared out of her depth in the $150,000 set-weights and penalties contest, allocated just 3kg off the Fake Patek Philippe Watches UK top-rated Pearls when she was entitled to 10.5kg under normal handicap conditions.

In addition, the daughter of Exceed And Excel had only won one race from eight starts, whereas some of her rivals had won as many as four races.After finishing runner-up in a benchmark 72 event at Wyong, Yattarna appeared out of her depth in the $150,000 set-weights and penalties Cheap Patek Philippe Replica contest, allocated just 3kg off the top-rated Pearls when she was entitled to 10.5kg under normal handicap conditions.

But that mattered little once Yattarna ($31), ridden by Glyn Schofield, led and bravely staved off challenges on her inside and outside to claim victory.

The New Zealand filly No More Tears ($10), trained by Stephen Marsh, finished a half-length away in second while Bjorn Baker's Lady Sniper ($6.50) was another short half-head back in third. Godolphin filly Pearls ($2.20 fav) had too much ground to make up from the breitling replica watches back of the field after missing the start and finished seventh, beaten just over two lengths.

Cummings, who has astutely picked his mark during the rolex replica uk Sydney autumn carnival with four black type successes, said Yattarna was headed for the spelling paddock until a strong piece of track work last Saturday morning.

"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.

"It's been a great carnival but I have a great team behind me and getting fast horses also helps."

Click hereto watch the replay of the 2016 JHB Carr Stakes

Story by Tom Walter - Racenet

 

Stakes Goals for Fastnet Debut Winner

2 March 2016

Less than a week after Fastnet Rock posted a juvenile stakes quinella in New Zealand with Cheap Rolex Replica 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 Cheap Omega Replica 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 Cheap Omega Replica 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 2000metres.

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

Story by Tara Madgwick – Breednet.com.au

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First Seal Back to Best

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.

Story by Tara Madgwick – Breednet.com.au

 

Heartlings fires first shot towards Group I glory

10 Feb 2016

Kerry Parker produced a potential Australian Oaks candidate when Heartlings burst through an inside split to beat the older mares in the Schweppes Benchmark 76 F&M Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Whilst the formguide showed the three-year-old daughter of Pendragon was resuming from Cheap Rolex Replica an eight-month spell without a trial, Parker revealed she had two jump-outs on herhome course at Kembla Grange to ready her for the 1400m first-up.

Expertly handled by Tim Clark, he never left the fence aboard Heartlings after jumping from barrier one, settling Omega Replica Watches midfield and gaining a split 200m from home.

Heartlings ($18) raced away to score by 1-1/4 lengths from the consistent Chris Waller-trained Miss Denni ($10), with Craig Carmody’s Taltarni($16) a further two lengths back in third.

Godolphin’s three-year-old filly Painted Firetail ($3.80) was ridden against her usual pattern, settling outside the leader and running out of gas inside the final furlong to finish sixth, beaten 4-1/2 lengths.

"She was still just a little bit immature in the spring so we decided to give her a break and bring her back for the autumn,” Parker said.

"Today was to Cheap Omega Replica tell us where we fit in. Apparently we fit in all right.

"She’s nominated for the Oaks. She’s by Pendragon so she’s going toget over a bit of ground.

"She’ll go the Surround next then the Keith Nolan and that’s when you decide where to go after that.”

Tim Clark made it a winning double for the day after earlier gettingSouthern Legend home for Les Bridge.

"She showed me last prep that she was a pretty nice filly,” Clark said.

"She’s on an Oaks preparation and it was hard not to be impressed with what she did today.”

Heartlings is nominated for the $1 million Group I Australian Oaks (2400m) to be run during The Cheap Omega Replica Championships at Randwick on April 9.

Story by Paul Joice – Racenet

 

2016 Inglis Classic Sale draft

4 February 2016

Think Big Stud will present our first draft of yearlings for the 2016 Sales in the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to be held at the Newmarket Complex from Saturday 6 February to Monday 8 February.

Lot 103 is a bay colt by Poet’s Voice from Masterkova. Oaks winning dams are widely regarded as the lead progenitors and this son of second crop sire, Poet’s Voice (GB), hails from a Tasmanian Oaks winner. The mare so far has produced five winners by various sires, four of which have had multiple wins and most recently her 4yo, MasterBanger (by Kaphero), is her newest addition in Singapore. View the video footage of Lot 103 here https://vimeo.com/154022975

Lot 144 is a bay colt by Roman Emperor from Nordice. Renowned judge, Troy Corstens, purchased the full brother to this colt last year. 2009 Australian Derbywinner, Roman Emperor, has had two promising winners from only four starters from the Randwick stables of John Sergeant and John Thompson. Roman Emperor is a very intriguing sire, by Montjeu, this stallion, a Derby winner himself, has now evolved the staying sire everybody is after in NZ based Tavistock. View the video footage of Lot 144 here https://vimeo.com/154026275

Lot 192 is a Bay/Brown colt by So You Think from Quick Thinking. So You Think was a true champion of the turf winning 10 G1 races of the highest order in Australia, Ireland and England. His oldest now just two year olds and here he combines with a family that has produced serious champion horses the likes of Derby Winner, St Reims and sister, Champagne. Lot 192 dam sire, Starcraft, was also an international G1 star on the track and his second dam is no less the champion Sire and pre-eminent broodmare sire, Zabeel. All the blood and proventrack performance is there to make a top flight colt. View the video footage of Lot 192 here https://vimeo.com/154028099

Lot 224 is a bay filly by Your Song from Royal Feeling. From the first crop of Your Song, a G1 winning son of Fastnet Rock which requires no explanation. Interestingly, this filly is bred with the same sex balanced inbreeding to Danehill through a male and female strain that has already produced G1 winners Guelph, Southern Lord and Astaire. The most productive inbreeding through Danehill. The family is producing stakes winners at various distance ranges. View the video footage of Lot 224 here https://vimeo.com/154030696

Lot 387 is a bay colt by Salade from Any Joy. By Salade, a son of the speed sire Snitzel everybody wants to buy. Not everybody can afford a Snitzel however. Salade burst onto the two year old group scene with the time honoured Golden Slipper lead up the G2 Pago Pago. He was injured when running 8th a week later in the Golden Slipper and never realised his potential and went to stand at a private stud. Only his second runner as a sire finished second on debut at Morphettville on Jan 16th and again on Jan 30th. The dam’s first foal, Family Fun (by Related), is now a winner of two of seven starts this season. View the video footage of Lot 387 here https://vimeo.com/154033150

Lot 563 is a bay/brown filly by So You Think from Generosa. So You Think was a true champion of the turf winning 10 G1 races of the highest order in Australia,Ireland and England. His oldest now just 2YOs and here he combines with a proven family and a proven mare. The dam, Generosa, was a high level Group performer herself but she has produced better with Multiple Group winner and Group 1 placed, No Evidence Needed. Generosa’s youngest progeny to race, All Giving, is a winner again this season. Generosa is by Epsom Derby winner Generous and is from a mare by Danehill. It does not take much imagination to see the potential in this pedigree. View the video footage of Lot 563 herehttps://vimeo.com/154034849

 
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