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Articles Today is 24/01/2017
Sweet Embrace was a maiden galloper when she won the 1967 Golden Slipper. The Golden Slipper had prizemoney of A$30,000 back then compared to today’s A$3 million.  She was owned by Jack and Bob Ingham.  Jack Ingham had a winning bet of $12,500 to $500 with bookmaker Len Burke.  In todays’ dollar terms that is a certain $100,000 plus bet being landed.  Inghams bred Sweet Embrace and 6 other Golden Slipper winners in John’s Hope (1972), Marauding (1987), Star Watch (1988), Burst (1992), Guineas (1997) and Prowl (1998).   On the subject of their chicken empire, Inghams own 15 factories around Australia which process 3,000,000 (yes 3 million) chickens PER WEEK!  Inghams Chickens employ over 6000 staff.
The bookmaker mentioned in the previous Sweet Embrace article – Lenny Burke died recently aged 83.   Thrown off Moss Vale greyhound track in 1939 by stewards when they found out he was only 19 years old (minimum age for a bookmaker was 21), Burke eventually became a fearless bookmaker taking on big punters like Perc Galea (who threw money to the crowd when his horse Eskimo Prince won the Slipper) and huge betting President of Ysmael Steel from the Phillipines Babe Ysmael (who landed a A$250,000 Australia wide plunge when Red Diver won in Melbourne in 1968).  By his late 20’s Burke was a rails bookmaker on Sydney tracks.   He also bred horses and raced them with success – the most notable being Gay Satin a 16 times winner of races such as the Adrian Knox Stakes and who later ran second in a George Main Stakes.   Burke’s wife Joan survives him as do 7 children.  One of his daughters (Di Hill) continues on the breeding tradition within the family.  She owns Foxes Hollow Stud at Oakdale in New South Wales – near where her parents retired to at Camden – and stands stallions Adventurous and Shrewdy.
The death of stallion Blazing Saddles at the ripe old age of 28 at Townsville in July this year closed a chapter in Australian thoroughbred breeding.  Blazing Saddles was the last active son of the great Todman to stand at stud in this country.  Blazing Saddles was a Group 1 winner of a Blue Diamond Stakes who won 8 of his 14 starts.   He spent his first 4 years at stud at Woodlands Stud (before Inghams bought it) in New South Wales where he produced multiple Group 1 winner Heat Of The Moment (Chipping Norton Stakes and George Ryder Stakes) before going to stand at Newmarket in England for 5 years where he produced outstanding multiple Group 1 winning son Mr Brooks (July Cup in England and the Prix de l’Abbaye in France).  Mr Brooks also won in Germany at Group 3 level but tragically snapped a leg in America when taken there to contest the Breeders Cup Sprint and had to be euthanised.   Blazing Saddles continued to produce right to the end.  Just last Brisbane Winter Carnival – earlier this year- saw the Queensland Derby won by Half Hennessy who is out of the Blazing Saddles mare Singeing Lamp.  
It is little surprise that Blazing Saddles broodmares would breed on.  His 6th dam is called Raphis she just happens to be a full sister to Phar Lap.  Raphis is also a full sister to the mare Fortune’s Wheel – she just happens to be the 7th dam of champion recently retired New Zealand mare Sunline.   Who said thoroughbred breeding is boring?
In other breeding tit bits readers may find interesting the former son of Danehill  - VIKING RULER –is standing in New Zealand at Cambridge Stud alongside Zabeel.
Derby winner DON EDUARDO  is standing at stud at Fayette Park near Matamata in New Zealand.  The former Bart Cummings galloper USTINOV is in New Zealand also.  He is standing at Brighthill Farm near Waikato.
We now have 2 stallions with the name – TELESTO – standing in Australia.   One stands at Grey Kelly’s Royston Stud at Beaudesert.  Then this year in Tasmania there is a son of Mr Prospector who raced in England and North America winning one race at Kempton from 9 racetrack appearances.  This is just another example how most people in control of racing in this country would struggle to arrange a Christmas party!  You would think that the American bred Telesto would have to carry a prefix like (Our) Telesto or (My) Telesto – but no – that’s obviously like rocket science to some of the brainstorms in ivory towers!
Just for the record I don’t know whether the Tasmanian Telesto will be successful but I’ll guarantee you he is one of the best bred stallions standing in the whole of Australia.  He’s by Mr Prospector out of the Group 1 winning Northfields mare Aviance.  Aviance has produced 3 Group 1 winners.  Northfields is a champion sire in his own right being by Northern Dancer out of Little Hut.  Little Hut is the dam of champion stallion Habitat.   Tasmanian Telesto is related to stallions Gielgud and Spinning World (sire of Thorn Park, Special Harmony etc).  I’m totally serious when I say if Tasmanian Telesto would have won a couple of Group races he’d have stood in the Hunter Valley for $15,000 to $20,000 so immaculate is his pedigree.  If someone in Tasmania has a nice Star Kingdom line or Rustic Amber line mare that stallion would be worth a punt.  If he doesn’t throw a good 2YO in his first 2 crops I’ll give up.
The following stallions are well known to most Australians and all died during 2003.
1.                  Danehill (stood Coolmore – New South Wales)
2.                  Distinctly North (stood Glenlogan Park – Queensland)
3.                  Air Express (stood Eureka – Queensland)
4.                  Dare and Go (stood Vatana Farm – Queensland)
5.                  Charnwood Forest (stood Widden – New South Wales)
6.                  End Sweep (stood Arrowfield – New South Wales)
7.                  General Monash (stood Lindsday Park – South Australia)
8.                  Stylish Century (stood Glamorganvale Lodge – Queensland)
9.                  Nine Carat (stood Ellinthorpe – Queensland)
Gai Waterhouse cast off GAMESMAN was sold as Lot 221 at William Inglis & Son Winter Thoroughbred Sale on 18/7/2003 for $35,000 to Heinrich Bloodstock from the Gold Coast.   It will be interesting to see if Gilliam Heinrich can get the outlay back.
The following lot saw trainer Dale Sutton pick up Fortune’s Hand for just $5,500.  He could well turn out to be a cheap buy.
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