The home of thoroughbred dosages in Australia

header photo

Blog posts : "Thoroughbreds"

10 Top Moments from the Makybe Diva

The Makybe Diva Stakes was formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes and was first held at Flemington in 1948.  Here are some interesting Australian Racing Facts for this Spring feature.


  • The Makybe Diva Stakes was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013

  • Only two horses have ever won the race twice, a…
  • Read more

    Pedigree of the Day - Lauderbrunnen

    Eagle Farm Race 1 today sees Lauterbrunnen as our pedigree of the day.  The 3yo gelding is having his second start after being pulled up in his first run at Doomben after racing ungenerously.  But it is his pedigree, rather than his temperament that is of interest today.

    Lauterbrunnen is by Not A…

    Read more

    Pedigree of the Day #9

    Another pedigree to look out for today is that of Last Sight in Race 3 at Geelong.  Last Sight is a 3yo colt by Fastnet Rock having his first start.  We don’t have to say a lot about Fastnet Rock who is a son of Danehill, and Australia’s most expensive stallion.  What is perhaps a little surprising …

    Read more

    US winners of the Melbourne Cup - Americain

    Americain is the fifth of our US bred winners of that race.  His win was impressive, as was his lead up victory in the Geelong Cup, a path also followed by the last winning US bred, Media Puzzle.

    Americain was having his 19th start in the Melbourne Cup, and it became his 8th win; taking his winnin…

    Read more

    US Bred Melbourne Cup winners Part 4 Media Puzzle

    US Bred Melbourne Cup winners Part 4


    Media Puzzle


    Media Puzzle is the fourth our recent US bred winners.  Like our others, he did not race in the US, this time running mainly in Ireland before coming to Australia.  Like Americain, Media Puzzle also had one local run before the Melbourne Cu…

    Read more

    Ista Kareem: A lesson from the thoroughbred

    In 2009, Ista Kareem, a rising nine year old gelding joined the likes of Makybe Diva, Tie The Knot, Kingston Town, Reckless and Galilee as a winner of the Sydney Cup.  While the first reaction was to suggest that the staying race was but a shadow of its former glory, to have done so would have detra…

    Read more

    A History of Golden Slipper Winning Stallions - the 1970's

    The 1970’s began with a brilliant precocious colt called Baguette winning the Golden Slipper. The decade was one for fillies and geldings, but like the diamond that gave Baguette his name, the colts that won in the 70’s were largely shining lights. Baguette won the Golden Slipper en route to the 2…

    Read more

    Cape Blanco

    Irish Derby winner, Cape Blanco has an interesting female family.  Parts of this article appeared in The Sportsman.

    Cape Blanco is out of a rather unusually bred mare in Laurel Delight.  She is by Presidium, a son of General Assembly by Secretariat.  Interestingly Presidium is a half brother to th…

    Read more

    Crystal Lily

    With last season's Golden Slipper winner, Crystal Lily returning to racing, it is a good time to have a look at her pedigree.  Portions of this blog appeared in The Sportsman.

    Crystal Lily is by Stratum, a son of Redoute’s Choice.  Stratum won the 2005 Golden Slipper beating the fillies Fashions A…

    Read more

    9 Blog Posts