A champion of the world, derby winners in South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand, and a Singapore sprinter who has won all there is to win - and all of them Australian.

Since 2003 Australian-bred horses have travelled to Royal Ascot, what their story here.

Horses like Able Friend, Wylie Hall, Luger, Mongolian Khan, Majmu, Alboran Sea and Ertijaal have all carried the letters “AUS” after their name and have all won Group One races internationally.

In some cases, like Wylie Hall and Majmu, they have raced their way to the top of the rankings in South Africa. And for Able Friend it wasn’t enough to be the best horse in Hong Kong - he went to the top of the world ratings.

In Singapore, meanwhile, the Australian three-year-old Super One has emerged as the best to be seen there in years.

During the first half of 2015 alone, Australian-bred exports won 19 locally classified and full international Group One races.

They are just the latest Australian horses to achieve international notoriety.

In the past dozen-or-so years there have been great sprinters who have travelled and won. And along with them the stallions who have shuttled and succeeded.

Choisir started a trend that continues, winning the two biggest sprints at Royal Ascot in 2003. Takeover Target followed him, winning at Royal Ascot as well as in Japan and Singapore and there was Scenic Blast, Miss Andretti, and Black Caviar.

The Victoria Derby and Caulifeld Cup winner Elvstroem won in Dubai on World Cup night, Starspangled Banner won two of England's biggest sprints and stayed there.

It’s nothing new.

Australia has been sending its best horses to the world since the 19th century.

Australia has been sending its best horses to the world since the 19th century.

Beginning with the Melbourne Cup winner Carbine who sired an Epsom Derby winner and established dynasties in both the UK and Australia, the Australian thoroughbred has maintained an influence on racing and bloodlines around the world.

Such stars of the Australian turf as Bernborough, Shannon and the Cox Plate winners Tobin Bronze and Noholme all went to the US to either race or stand at stud, or both.

Noholme sired the high-class American racehorse and champion stallion Nodouble who topped the sires list in North America for 1981 and produced almost 100 stakes winners.

Another from the ranks of Cox Plate winners is Strawberry Road, a winner in Germany and the US who also ran fifth in the 1984 Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe and second in the 1985 Breeders' Cup Turf. He went on to sire three winners of Breeders’ Cup races.

But it has been sprinters who have flown the flag highest for Australia over the past decade.


More recently the stallions Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock and Starspangledbanner have made an impact with their northern hemisphere progeny and there is more to come.

Champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice sereved two breeding seasons the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval, while Darley’s shuttlers Sepoy, Helmet and Epaulette also received a warm welcome from European breeders.

The final half of the 2014-15 racing season has been an outstanding period for Australia-bred runners overseas with 19 locally classified and internationally recognised Group 1 races won by runners carrying the AUS suffix.

Recent Australian Bred Group Winners Overseas

  • The Conglomerate

    The Conglomerate salute LK (1 of 1)

    Breeding: Lonhro x Republic Lass
    Breeder: Mr DR Fleming Vic
    Race: 2016 Gr 1 Durban July SAF (G1)
    Cost: $160,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale
    Buyer: Mayfair Speculators’
    Vendor: Tyreel Stud

    Race Wins and Replays

    2016 Gr 1 Durban July SAF
  • Suyoof


    Breeding: Magic Albert (AUS) x Magic Harmony (AUS)
    Breeder: Yarraman Park Stud Pty Ltd, Breeding Capital Australia 2011, Moody Racing, A Nicoll
    Race Wins:
    Listed Turffontein Secretariat S. – 05-Dec-16
    Group 3 Turrfontein Tony Ruffel Stakes – 06-Feb-16

  • Chevauchee


    Breeding: High Chaparral (IRE) x Chevaleresse (IRE)
    Breeder: Mr B Grayling
    Race: Listed Kenilworth Olympic Duel Stakes – 21-May-16
    Cost: $180,00 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
    Buyer: C Roscoe

  • Tiger’s Touch

    Tiger's Touch

    Breeding: Where’s That Tiger (USA) x Brocco Babe (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr LM Nestadt, Bernard Kantor
    Race: Group 3 Turffontein Sycamore Sprint – 26-Mar-16

  • Sun Jewellery

    Sun Jewellery Group 1 Classic Cup (HKJC)

    Breeding: Snitzel (AUS) x Tan Tat Star (AUS)
    Breeder: Ramsey Pastoral Company Pty Ltd

    Race Wins

    HK-1 Hong Kong Classic Mile – 24-Jan-16
    HK-1 Hong Kong Classic Cup – 21-Feb-16
    HK-3 HKJC Premier Cup – 19-Jun-16
  • Mac De Lago – Gr 1 Greyville Gold Challenge

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    Breeding: Encosta de Lago (AUS) x Macavelli Miss (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr G Downey
    Race: Group 1 Greyville Gold Challenge – 11-Jun-16

    Cost: $65,000 at the 2013 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Coolmore Stud
    Buyer: James Bester
  • Laughing Spirit

    Laughing Gravy

    Breeding: Primus (AUS) x Foxy Moi (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr K Heffernan
    Race: Sgp-1 Singapore TC Queen Elizabeth II Cup – 05-Jun-16

  • Volpe Veloce


    Breeding: Foxwedge (AUS) x Bardego (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr. N. Vass
    Race: Listed Wanganui JC Castletown Stakes – 04-Jun-16

  • Rapper Dragon

    Rapper Dragon

    Breeding: Street Boss (USA) x Swing Dance (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr E Conjuangco
    Race: HK-3 – HKJC Lion Rock Trophy – 29-May-16

  • New Predator


    Breeding: New Approach (IRE) x Head Over Heels (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr D Austin
    Race: Group 2 Greyville Drill Hall Stakes – 06-May-16

  • Chautauqua – 2016 HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize

    Race 7, Chautauqua, Tommy Berry_23-10-15, Moonee Valley, WIN_0081

    Breeding: Encosta de Lago (AUS) x Lovely Jubly (AUS)
    Breeder: Woodbury Pty Ltd
    Race: HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize – 1-May-16

    Race Wins and Replays

    G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize, Hong Kong

  • Fursa

    Fursa - Callan Murray (1 of 1)

    Breeding: Hard Spun (USA) x Red Princess (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr N Tufilli, Mrs T Tufilli
    Race: Group 2 Turffontein South Africa Fillies Nursery 30-Apr-16

  • Zac Spirit

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    Breeding: Flying Spur (AUS) x Kidman (AUS)
    Breeder: Newhaven Park Stud, Mr C Tidy
    Race: Sgp-1 Singapore TC Lion City Cup – 24-Apr-16

  • Turquoise Power


    Breeding: More Than Ready (USA) x Elle Duccio (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr G Harvey
    Race: Mac-1 Macau Derby – 17-Apr-16

  • The Alfonso

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    Breeding: Magnus (AUS) x Princess Baxaar (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr P G Moody, Mr L Ryan

    Race Wins

    Mac-3 Macau Sprint Trophy – 3-Jan-16
    Mac-2 Macau Winter Trophy – 17-Apr-16
  • Happy Cash

    Happy Cash

    Breeding: Time Thief (AUS) x Snow Queen (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr M J Stacey, Mrs D Stacey
    Race: Mac-1 – Macau Chairman’s Challenge Cup – 17-Apr-16

  • Lucky Bubbles

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    Breeding: Sebring (AUS) x Bubbles Below (AUS)
    Breeder: Gilgai Farm
    Race: HK-2 – HKJC Sprint Cup – 3-Apr-16

  • Emperor Max


    Breeding: Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Maxerelle (AUS)
    Breeder: Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ernest Yau
    Race Wins: Sgp-3 Singapore TC Garden City Trophy – 20-Sep-15
    Sgp-3 Singapore TC Kranji Sprint – 03-Apr-16

  • Maygrove

    Maygrove WC Trish

    Breeding: Authorized (IRE) x Lady Zhivago (NZ)
    Breeder: Laurel Oak Lady Zhivago Syndicate
    Race: Manawatu RC Awapuni Gold Cup – 2-Apr-16

  • Conflight – 2016 Gr 3 Singapore 3YO Sprint

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    Breeding: Host (CHI) x Frolicking Miss (AUS)
    Breeder: R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Mr D Lomas, M N Griffin
    Race: Sgp-3 Singapore 3-y-o Sprint – 27-Mar-16
    Cost: 15,000 at the 2014 MM National Yearling Sale Select Session
    Buyer: Magic Millions at Agent

  • Buffering – 2016 Gr 1 Al Quoz Sprint, Dubai


    Breeding: Mossman (AUS) x Action Annie (AUS)
    Breeder: Racetree
    Race: Meydan Al Quoz Sprint – 26-Mar-16
    Cost: $22,000 at Magic Million QTIS Sale
    Buyer: Paul Willets

    Race Wins and Replays

    G1 Al Quoz Sprint, Meydan

  • Dashing Fellow


    Breeding: Duporth (AUS) x Moon Fever (AUS)
    Breeder: Springton Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
    Race: HK-3 – Hong Kong Macau Trophy – 6-Mar-16

  • Rangipo


    Breeding: Stryker (AUS) x Holloway Castle (NZ)
    Breeder: Mr J Thompson

    Race Wins

    ARC Great Northern Guineas – 1-Jan-16
    Waikato Guineas – 6-Feb-16
    ARC Avondale Guineas – 20-Feb-16
    New Zealand Derby – 5-Mar-16
  • Heroic Valour


    Breeding: Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Myrrh (NZ)
    Breeder: Katom, Cobra Bloodstock Australia Pty Ltd, Austramore Pty Ltd

    Race Wins

    Listed Matamata RC Silver S. – 27-Feb-16 ARC Diamond Stakes – 12-Mar-16
  • Kaharau


    Breeding: Ad Valorem (USA) x Mon Jolie (NZ)
    Breeder: Mr. R. Sanderson
    Race: Listed Otago RC Dunedin Gold Cup – 06-Feb-16

  • Son Of Maher

    Son of Maher

    Breeding:Al Maher (AUS) x Dance Hit (NZ)
    Breeder: Copabella Pty Ltd
    Race: Listed Otago RC Dunedin Guineas – 06-Feb-16

  • The Diamond One


    Breeding: Tale of the Cat (USA) x The Jewel (NZ)
    Breeder: Mr. A. Dennis
    Race:Group 3 Otago RC White Robe Lodge H. – 06-Feb-16

  • Ten Gun Salute


    Breeding: Henrythenavigator (USA) x Ladybird Blue (AUS)
    Breeder: Beauvest Pty Ltd
    Race: Listed Beauvest Pty Ltd – 31-Jan-16

  • Ovidio


    Breeding: Danehill Dancer (IRE) x Pre Nup (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr B T Agnew

    Race Wins:

    Listed Kenilworth Woolavington H. – 24-Oct-15
    Group 2 J&B Urban Honey Stayers – 30-Jan-16
  • Not Listenin’tome

    Not Listenin’tome 1

    Breeding: Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Flame of Sydney (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr MA Pitt, Mr M Read

    Race Wins

    HK-3 – HKJC Bauhinia Sprint Trophy H. – 1-Jan-16
    HK-3 – HKJC National Day Cup – 1-Oct-15
  • Bright Life

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    Breeding: Southern Image (USA) x Zabeel (NZ)
    Breeder: Mungrup Stud
    Race: Mal-1 – Penang TC Yang di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup – 27-Dec-15

  • Miss Seton Sands

    Miss Seton Sands

    Breeding: Gonski (AUS) x Whodat Cugat (AUS)
    Breeder: Laceby Lodge Stud, Mr S Bruce
    Race: Otago RC Mosgiel S. – 26-Dec-15

  • Thunder Down Under

    Thunder down under

    Breeding:Street Sense (USA) x River Dreaming (IRE)
    Breeder: Fairway Thoroughbreds

    Race: Listed ARC BMW Salver – 13-Dec-15

  • Weregoingtogetcha


    Breeding: Testa Rossa (AUS) x Sweetness ‘n Light (NZ)
    Breeder: Patinack Farm
    Race: Group 3 Manawatu Cup – 19-Dec-15

  • Ma Choix

    Ma Choix and Brandon Lerena are on their own at the finish of the Victress Stakes (Pic – Wayne Marks)

    Breeding: Choisir (AUS) x Moniette (NZ)
    Breeder: Summertime Holdings Pty Ltd
    Race: Group 3 Kenilworth Victress Stakes – 13-Dec-15

  • Order of the Sun

    Order of the Sun

    Breeding: Encosta de Lago (AUS) x Sequin (AUS)
    Breeder: Highgrove Stud, Mr R T Gilbert
    Race: Sgp-3 Singapore TC Colonial Chief S.- 13-Dec-15
    Cost: $420,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
    Buyer: P Lee

  • Supertube


    Breeding: Where’s That Tiger (USA) x Ultimate Inca (AUS)
    Breeder: E Thoroughbred Pty Ltd, Mr L Nestadt, Mr B Kantor
    Race: Group 3 Turffontein Racing Association H. – 28-Nov-15

  • Sassy ‘n’ Smart


    Breeding: Smart Missile (AUS) x Panorama Ridge (USA)
    Breeder:Arrowfield Group Pty Ltd, Cloros Bloodstock
    Race: Listed CJC Welcome Stakes – 14-Nov-15

  • Muwaary


    Breeding: O’Reilly (NZ) x Silently (AUS)
    Breeder: J E Abrahams Pty Ltd
    Race: Group 3 Turffontein Graham Beck Stakes – 31-Oct-15

  • Sebrose


    Breeding: Sebring (AUS) x Bramble Rose (NZ)
    Breeder: Mr. D. R. Fleming
    Race: Sgp-3 Singapore TC El Dorado Classic 25-Oct-15

  • Stepitup

    Stepitup (inside wearing saddle cloth No.1) with Manoel Nunes astride, won a tight battle to salute in the

    Breeding: Hussonet (USA) x Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (AUS)

    Breeder: Arrowfield Pastoral & Planette Thoroughbred

    Race Wins:

    Sgp-1 Singapore TC Kranji Mile 04-Oct-15

    Sgp-1 Singapore TC Raffles Cup 25-Oct-15

  • Contentment

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    Breeding: Hussonet (USA) x Jemison (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr PJ Favretto, T & J Hodgson AM, Mr P Rowe, Mr D Sinn, Mr P Sinn
    Race: HKJC Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup – 28-Feb-16

    Race Wins

    HKJC Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1 – 28-Feb-16
    HKJC Celebration Cup G1 – 1-Oct-15
    HKJC Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy HK-3 – 25-Oct-15
  • Able Friend

    Able Friend G1 - HK Mile Dec 2014

    Breeding: Shamardal (USA) x Ponte Piccolo (NZ)
    Breeder: Ramsey Pastoral Company Pty Ltd
    Race: HK-2 – HKJC Premier Bowl H. – 25-Oct-15, 2015 Champions Mile (G1), 2015 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (G1), The Stewards’ Cup (G1), The Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1)
    Cost: $550,000
    Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock


    Foaled at Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm in the Segenhoe Valley, just a few minutes away from Scone in the Hunter Valley, Able Friend is by Darley’s former shuttle stallion Shamardal, out of the Volksraad mare Ponte Piccolo.

    Offered for sale at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the imposing chestnut was knocked down to Hong Kong-based agent George Moore Bloodstock for $550,000, the highest priced recorded in Australia for a colt by his sire.

    Initially trained in Australia by Hawkes Racing for owners Dr and Mrs Cornel Li Fook Kwan, where, as a three-year-old Able Friend had two starts, a new chapter of his career commenced in Hong Kong under the care of John Moore.

    A winner of the HK-Group 1 Hong Kong Classic at just his fifth start in Hong Kong, Able Friend has competed at Group 1 or Group 2 level in all his starts since. With wins also in the Champions Mile, Stewards’ Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, all at Group 1 level, Able Friend was duly crowned Head of the 2015 World Thoroughbred Rankings (Sprint), Equal Leading Older Male on the 2015 WTR (Mile), Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Miler in Hong Kong in 2014-15.

    Race Wins and Replays

    G2 HKJC Premier Bowl H.
    2015 Champions Mile (G1).
    G1 Cape Flying Championship
    2015 Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup
    2015 Group 1 Champions Mile
    2015 Group 1 Stewards’ Cup
  • Serious Satire


    Breeding: More Than Ready (USA) x Zarzuela (NZ)
    Breeder: Mr D Paykel
    Race: Hawkes Bay Gold Trail Stakes – 3-Oct-15

  • Snitzel Spirit

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    Breeding: Snitzel (AUS) x Gifted Spirit (AUS)
    Breeder: Mr. J. A. Middleton
    Race: Sgp-3 Singapore TC Causeway Classic S. – 14-Aug-15

  • Healthy Life

    Healthy Life

    Breeding: Northern Meteor (AUS) x San Lorenzo (UAE)
    Breeder: Mr P B Devitt, Mr L Gordon
    Race: Mac-2 – Macau Summer Trophy – 1-Aug-15

  • Good Baby

    Good Baby

    Breeding: Hussonet x Secret Haze
    Breeder: Swettenham Stud
    Race: Malaysia, Mal-Group 1 Penang Sprint Trophy
    Cost: $110,000 at 2008 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale
    Vendor: Swettenham Stud
    Buyer: Blue Sky Thoroughbreds

    Race Wins and Replays

    MAL G1 Penang Sprint Trophy

  • Wonder Mossman


    Breeding: Mossman x Eighth Wonder
    Breeder: Mr G. Harvey
    Race: Macau, Mac-Group 1 Gold Cup

    Race Wins and Replays

    2015 Group 1 Macau Gold Cup

  • Sacred Hustler

    Sacred Hustler

    Breeding: Hussonet x Hula Here
    Breeder: A & P Enterprises, Maldale Enterprises, Mark Wylie Pty Ltd
    Race: Macau, Mac-Group 1 Chairman’s Challenge Cup
    Cost: $40,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Arrowfield Stud
    Buyer: Mulcaster Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    2015 Macau Group 1 Chairman’s Challenge Cup

  • The Alfonso

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    Breeeding: Magnus x Princess Baxaar
    Breeder: Mr P. Moody and Mr L. Ryan
    Race: Macau, Mac-Group 1 Macau Derby
    Cost: $40,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale
    Vendor: Nolen Racing
    Buyer: Frontier Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    MAC G1 Macau Derby

  • Marky Mark

    Marky Mark

    Breeding: Makfi x My My Maree
    Breeder: Mr B. Lindsay
    Race: New Zealand, Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

    Race Wins and Replays

    NZ G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

  • Luger


    Breeding: Choisir x Miss Conception
    Breeder: Bylong Park Thoroughbreds
    Race: Hong Kong, HK-Group 1 Hong Kong Derby
    Cost: $260,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Bylong Park Thoroughbred
    Buyer: John Foote Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    2015 Gr 1 Hong Kong Derby

  • Thunder Fantasy

    Thunder Fantasy

    Breeding: Lucky Owners x Pink Pier
    Breeder: Mr A Chiu
    Race: Hong Kong, HK-Group 1 Classic Cup

    Race Wins and Replays

    HK G1 Classic Cup

  • Sacred Star – NZ

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    Breeding: Flying Spur x Irish Nova
    Breeder: Mr M. Ruff
    Race: New Zealand, Group 1 Waikato Sprint
    Cost: $200,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Attunga Stud
    Buyer: Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    G1 Waikato Sprint
    G1 Telegraph Handicap
  • Sacred Kingdom

    2009 HK Spring Sacred Kingdom

    Breeding: Encosta De Lago x Countroom Sweetie
    Breeder: Mrs N.F. Calvert, Est Late A.M. Calvert, Vic
    Race:Hong Kong Sprint (2007, 2009), Chairman’s Sprint Prize (2008, 2010), KrisFlyer International Sprint (2009)
    Cost: $200,000 at the Inglis Melbourne yearling sale
    Buyer: Clarry Connors


    For three years in a row between 2007 and 2009, Sacred Kingdom reigned as the world’s premier sprinter and was named world champion sprinter in the global rankings. He was also named Hong Kong Horse Of The Year for 2009-2010 and won three international Group 1 races including dual successes in the Hong Kong Sprint. His retirement was announced in April 2012.

    Race Wins and Replays

    2007 HK International Sprint SACRED KINGDOM
  • Silent Witness


    Breeding: El Moxie (USA) x Jade Tiara
    Breeder:Mr I. K. Smith
    Race: 2003 & 2004 Hong Kong Sprint, 2003 & 2004 International Sprint Trial, 2004 HK Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, 2004 HK Centenary Sprint Cup, 2004 HK Chairman’s Sprint Prize, 2005 Sprinters Stakes,
    Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock


    Silent Witness (foaled 1 October 1999) was an outstanding racehorse who won his first 17 starts in sprint races in Hong Kong. He was ranked the world’s top sprinter for three seasons.

    Race Wins and Replays

    Silent Witness – 17 straight wins
  • Fair King Prawn

    Fairy King Prawn

    Breeding: Danehill x Twiglet
    Breeder: Catherine Redmond
    Race: Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1999, 2001), Hong Kong Sprint (1999), Yasuda Kinen (2000), Happy Valley Trophy (2000), Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup (2001), Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (2001)
    Cost:$180,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale


    Fairy King Prawn was sold and exported to Hong Kong as a yearling he became one of the most successful and popular horses in his adopted territory. Equally adept as a sprinter or as a miler he won twelve of his twenty-six starts including the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (twice) the Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup and Bauhinia Sprint Trophy. In 2000 he became the first Hong Kong horse to win a Grade One race abroad when he won the Yasuda Kinen in Japan. He won numerous awards including the title of Hong Kong Horse of the Year on two occasions. He was retired from racing in 2002.

    Race Wins and Replays

Success by Region


Ever since Australia’s ground-breaking sprinter Choisir claimed the double of the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2003, there has occurred a near-annual pilgrimage to the same meeting.

In 2006 Takeover Target took up the challenge, defeating 27 rivals in the Group 1 Kings Stand and was third in the Diamond Jubilee. He returned twice more to run in the same two races and was never worse than fourth.

Then came Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast who both won the King’s Stand and Starspangledbanner who won the Diamond Jubilee and Newmarket’s July Cup, with Black Caviar overcoming injury to keep her winning record intact in the Golden Jubilee in 2012.

The mare Ortensia further enhanced the Australian reputation with victory in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai before winning the Group 2 King George Stakes at GHoodwood and the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Black Caviar, Ortensia and company, along with so many others in Hong Kong and Singapore, proved that Australia produces the world’s best sprinters.

And the Victoria Derby and Caulfield Cup winner Elvstroem and his half-brother Haradasun showed the Europeans that we can find some decent middle-distance performers as well.

Elvstroem won the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night in Dubai and then campaigned in Europe where he finished in the top four in each of his four starts.

Haradasun, after being purchased by Coolmore, won the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2008.

More recently the Australian stallion Exceed And Excel, Starspangledbanner, Fastnet Rock, Choisir and others have made their impression in a European breeding industry that may be even more difficult to succeed in than the racing game.
Black Caviar, Ortensia and company, along with so many others in Hong Kong and Singapore, proved that Australia produces the world’s best sprinters.

Hong Kong

The Australian-bred Able Friend has set a standard for racehorses in Hong Kong that will be difficult to surpass.

In the 2014-15 season Able Friend raced his way to the top of the world rankings, establishing himself as the best miler on the planet. But he is far from the only Australian-bred superstar to have raced in Hong Kong.

Silent Witness and Sacred Kingdom rated among the world’s sprinters of their time and had cult followings in Hong Kong and were successful on a wider international stage. The Australian-bred Luger, a son of Choisir, won this year’s Hong Kong Derby and Thunder Fantasy won among other races, the HKG1 Classic Cup.

Australian-breds have been named Horse of the Year in Hong Kong in seven of the 16 seasons up to 2015.

Nearly half the horses in training In Hong Kong are Australian-bred and almost half the races in the Chinese territory are won by horses imported from Australia.

In the 2014-15 season Able Friend raced his way to the top of the world rankings, establishing himself as the best miler on the planet. But he is far from the only Australian-bred superstar to have raced in Hong Kong.


Singapore has been a lucrative market for the locally-trained Australian-breds who excel on the racetrack season-after-season.

Sprinters have generally been the standout performers in Singapore with the likes of dual Singapore Horse of The Year Rocket Man, arguably one of the best sprinters of recent times, going on from Group 1 success in Singapore to performing at Group 1 level in both Dubai and Hong Kong, while fellow class galloper Zac Spirit is also a multiple stakes-performing, Group 1 winner.

Triple Group 1-winning mare Better Life did what most were unable to do in Singapore, capturing the male dominated Singapore Derby, while success in the Kranji Mile and Gold Cup highlighted her as the standout middle distance performer of her year. And Super One, the champion youngster who virtually raced his way out of Singapore and returned to Australia.

Triple Group 1-winning mare Better Life did what most were unable to do in Singapore, capturing the male dominated Singapore Derby, while success in the Kranji Mile...

South Africa

The success of Australian-bred runners in South Africa grows each year in proportion with the presence of that country’s owners and trainers at Australian yearling sales.

In the past season Australian-breds captured seven Group Ones and 14 percent of South Africa’s stakes races despite making up only three percent of the horse population.

Among the best of them is Majmu, the champion two-year-old filly of her season and a dual Group One winner at three. Alboran Sea also captured two wins at the highest level at three, her victories ensuring of the title of champion three-year-old fillye last season.

The most significant Australia-bred runner in South Africa in recent times is the mighty Igugu, crowned South African Horse of the Year; she was successful on ten occasions, seven of those at stakes level and four times at Group 1.

From a breeding industry perspective, the relationship between both Australia and South Africa has very close ties with not only Australia-bred racehorse being exported, but broodmares and stallions as well.

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The most significant Australia-bred runner in South Africa in recent times is the mighty Igugu, crowned South African Horse of the Year; she was successful on ten occasions, seven of those at stakes level and four times at Group 1.

New Zealand

Horse racing is an area in which Australia and New Zealand have shared resources more than any other.

Australian racehorses have retired to make names for themselves at New Zealand studs. Australian owners and trainers are among the biggest buyers at New Zealand studs the same trade occurs in reverse.

For a couple of hundred years, New Zealand was the only country to which Australian horses could travel freely without quarantine restrictions.

As a result the trade in racehorses, stallions and mares flowed with little inhibition and considerable, healthy rivalry.

There was a time when stoutly-bred New Zealand geldings had a near mortgage on the Melbourne Cup. But as the Australian racing has opened up to the world and due to other commercial factors, Australian-breds are reversing the trend somewhat with success in some of New Zealand’s biggest races.

Prominent among them have been 2014-15 New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Mongolian Khan, Champion 2YO Marky Mark, Champion Sprinters Bounding and Sacred Star along with Group 1 winners Platinum Witness, O’Marilyn, More Than Sacred and Costa Viva.

After South Africa, New Zealand was the second greatest source of both international level Group 1 wins and stakes successes for Australian-breds in the last racing season.