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On The Couch – Sept 2019

Sea The Moon Rising

Written by Emma Berry, Thoroughbred Daily News

He’s not on the shuttle list, but the young British-based, German-bred stallion Sea The Moon is already on the radar of some shrewd Australian buyers.

During August a new name on the sires’ list in Australia appeared three times alongside maiden winners, that of the 11-length G1 Deutsches Derby winner Sea The Moon (Ger) (Sea The Stars {Ire}).

The appeal of German bloodstock is nothing new, in Australia or anywhere else in the world. It is a breeding nation with a reputation for high standards when it comes to producing tough, sound, predominantly middle-distance stock, and the country’s bloodlines are found at the heart of many a decent family in the studbook.

Urban Sea’s strong influence

In Europe at present there is hardly a family more prolific than that of Urban Sea (USA) (Miswaki {USA}). Her dam Allegretta (GB), though foaled and raced in Britain before being sold for an illustrious stud career in America, was German through and through, from a family which has its roots at the 150-year-old Gestut Schlenderhan.

The same stud was also home to the pre-eminent stallion in recent German history, Monsun (Ger), whose Australian influence extends to him being the sire of the Melbourne Cup winners Fiorente(Ire), Protectionist (Ger) and Almandin (Ger) – the latter bred at Schlenderhan.

Sea The Moon | Standing at Lanwades Stud

In Sea The Moon, we find not only Urban Sea’s influence via her son, the outstanding Derby and Arc winner Sea The Stars, a half-brother to Europe’s multiple champion sire Galileo (Ire), but his female line is no less celebrated. He is out of the Monsun mare Sanwa (Ger), who has three Classic-winning full-siblings in Samum (Ger), Schiaparelli (Ger) and Salve Regina (Ger). In short, Sea The Moon owns a pedigree dripping with class and, on the face of it, one replete with stamina.

“I sense that people think of Sea The Moon as an extreme stayer, but he himself only went a mile and a half for the first time in the German Derby,” says Kirsten Rausing, who stands him on behalf of owner-breeders Heike Bischoff and Niko Lafrentz of Gestut Gorlsdorf.

A former chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association among a number of roles within the British breeding industry, the Swedish-born Rausing owns Lanwades Stud just outside Newmarket, which is also home to Derby winner Sir Percy (GB) and the young Kitten’s Joy (USA) stallion Bobby’s Kitten (USA), while previous residents have included Selkirk (USA), Hernando (Fr) and Archipenko(USA).

In his native country, Sea The Moon became not only the champion first season sire of 2018 but also the leading sire of 2-year-olds. Across Europe, he had 16 individual juvenile winners last year and two group winners.

“People were surprised with the number of 2-year-old winners he had in his first crop, especially with the mares he covered.” – Kirsten Rausing

“Half of them were German and even my own Alba Stella (GB) went a mile and three-quarters (2800 metres) and she bred a 2-year-old winner by him. This is the mysterious thing about Sea The Moon – there is an element of speed, not readily apparent where it comes from, but he is able sometimes to inject unexpected speed in his progeny. The filly Chitra (GB) has won five races, never over farther than six furlongs (1200 metres).”

Australian buyers eager on Moon

Among those Australian buyers to latch on to Sea The Moon early in his stud career was Peter Moody, who bought two of his first-crop foals at Tattersalls.

3-year-olds by Northern Hemisphere time, both are now winners as 4-year-olds in Australia, with the David Brideoake-trained Cernan (GB) having won a maiden at Warrnambool on August 8, followed a week later by Shepard (GB), a winner at Sale for the same stable.

Sea The Moon’s first Australian winner came on August 2 when Blast Off (GB), formerly known as Succendam, a €140,000 yearling purchase at the Goffs Orby Sale by Justin Bahen and Orbis Bloodstock, won over 1600 metres at Wyong.

Rausing, herself the breeder of G3 Festival S. winner My Nordic Hero (GB) (Archipenko {USA}) and decent staying prospect Lord Belvedere (GB) (Archipenko {USA}), says, “It is early days obviously but Sea The Moon has had three runners and three winners in Australia which is really encouraging.”

Bahen back for more

At the BBAG yearling sale in Germany last week, Justin Bahen was back in action in pursuit of another Sea The Moon colt, which he purchased in partnership with Brad Spicer. The Spicer Thoroughbreds manager is another whose previous experience has left him positively predisposed towards the stallion.

Justin Bahen & Brad Spicer

After buying lot 48, the Sea The Moon colt out of Aspen Royal (Ger) (Royal Applause {GB}) at €120,000, Spicer told TDN last week, “This is my first trip to Germany. I went to Tattersalls last year and bought a Sea The Moon and a Sea The Stars, both colts, and the Sea The Moon colt just had his first bit of fast work this morning and got rave reviews.

“We’re really happy with the colt so far and this one we just bought was a target colt for us. We had earmarked him and we were always going to go pretty hard on him so it was lovely to secure him.”

Australian Bloodstock and Power Thoroughbreds also came away with a filly by Sea The Moon (lot 170), a half-sister to the G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) winner Turfdonna (Ger) (Doyen {GB}), bought for €110,000.

Lot 48 – Sea The Moon x Aspen Royal (Ger) colt purchased by Justin Bahen and Brad Spicer

As the sums changing hands for horses with proven middle-distance form continues to rise, buying yearlings or foals may well be a more cost-effective way to dip into some European stamina, and this is the only way Australian interests will be able to get involved with Sea The Moon.

“Sea The Moon will never shuttle, so if Australians want his stock they will have to come here,” Rausing says. “However, he may well cover mares to Southern Hemisphere time here. It’s great that he has been noticed by Australian buyers. We are thrilled, and long may it last. He usually throws a nice individual and that makes it easier.”

“Sea The Moon will never shuttle, so if Australians want his stock they will have to come here.” – Kirsten Rausing

With Sea The Stars – another non-shuttler – already the sire of black-type winners in Australia from limited numbers, such as G1 Sydney Cup winner Shraaoh (Ire), Fifty Stars (Ire), Oceanographer (GB) and Tall Ship (Ire), it would be no surprise to see his son also represented in stakes class before too long.

Spice Time – September 5

It’s Spice Time! Thursday Sep 5


As usual there is plenty going on at Spicer Thoroughbreds and plenty of runners this weekend!

Congratulations to the connections of recent winners ULURU, DABIYR and HOLLABACK GIRL – we think all three horses have a really bright future.

Dabiyr opened right up on a staying field at Moonee Valley and cleared out by a wide margin which was great to see. He will head to Sydney next for his next start. Hollaback Girl won second-up in good style at Ipswich before a luckless run at Doomben but will bounce back soon. And Uluru got his maiden out of the way at Pakenham and will return from a break for the summer races where we think he will graduate to city class.

Congratulations to all the winning connections!

It was also great to see KINGS WILL DREAM make a great return in the G1 Winx Stakes in Sydney and he heads to Flemington next and the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes.

Hopefully there are lots more winners in store as we roll out some of our real young guns this weekend at The Valley.

We are extremely excited (Shark especially) to announce that Group class Irish stayer THE KING has joined our team and will arrive in the first Spring Carnival shipment.

This fellow had some awesome 3YO form in Group races in Ireland that lined up with our Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup by the end of spring. We waited for an opportunity to buy him and were thrilled when we closed the deal in mid-August.

He arrives here for the G1 Mackinnon Stakes before a campaign towards the G1 majors between 2000m and 2400m during autumn.

WATCH The King first-up in a HOT form race in Ireland CLICK HERE


– LIL ANGEL: Friday Sep 6 @ Ballarat R4 (Looking for a good run from this filly)
– OLYMPIC OATH: Saturday Sep 7 @ Moonee Valley R1 (On a Derby path, nice colt!)
– SAONE: Saturday Sep 7 @ Moonee Valley R5 (wears Craig Pearce’s colours – serious filly on an Oaks path)
– LUCKY FOR ALL: Saturday Sep 5 @ Moonee Valley (wears Double R Racing colours, a real talent which has trialled well for this)

Brad and Mick were back on the couch last week for another update on all our horses.

CLICK HERE in case you missed it earlier in the week!

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On The Couch – August 2019

The King joins the team

August 17th 2019

Spicer Thoroughbreds is excited to announce its latest international recruit, class 4yo THE KING (Mastercraftsman x Catch The Moon) has been purchased and will make his way to Australia for the 2019 Spring Carnival.

Identified by Mick Sharkie during the 2018 European flat season, the horse has been on our radar for more than 12-months, but it’s been a case of patience winning out in the end.

“We had to wait as the owners had some big plans for him but sadly for them, the horse couldn’t fulfil them as a colt,” said Brad.

“We’ve kept a very close eye on him and are thrilled to be able to bring him to Australia where Lindsey Smith will take over the rest of his career.”

The King will travel to Australia with the first shipment of European horses and will target the Group 1 $2million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.

WATCH The King first-up in a HOT form race in Ireland:

Snapdance Has The Moves

Aug 19, 2019

It’s always nice when a young horse confirms it’s track work potential and 3yo filly SNAPDANCER (Choisir x Snapdragon) did just that on Monday at Ballarat when she led all the way for an easy maiden win over 1200m.

Ridden by Linda Meech and trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Snapdancer was a cut above a good maiden field and signalled her future in better races with the 1.75-length win, running 4-lengths faster than the older horses on the same day.

“She’s afilly we’ve always thought would get out over a trip, a mile maybe 2000m, so for her to win like that over 1200m shows just how smart she is,” said Brad.

“Her times were great and Linda gave her a great post-race report, it’s onwards and upwards for her.”

Topping off the win is the involvement of a great group of owners, some long-term clients and others who dipped their toe for the first time with this filly.

“It’s a super group of people and to see their reaction after the race is why we do what we do.”



Spring 3yo’s back in work

August 14th 2019

Spring is certainly in the air at Spicer Thoroughbreds with exciting new season 3yo’s SAONE (Burgundy x Dancing Forever), OLYMPIC OATH (Olympic Glory x Flighty) and THE LADIES MAN (Zoustar x Zighy Bay) all in work and going well.

Saone and Olympic Oath put their case forward for an Oaks and Derby campaign when breaking their maiden status over winter and both horses have returned in fine shape ahead of a September return to the track.

The Ladies Man, a half-brother to Group 1 winner Qafila, has shown the Lindsay Park team plenty of talent at home and will be entered in all the major spring sprint and mile races for three-year-olds, how far he gets this campaign is up to him.

Stay up to date with the progress of all of our horses, watch “On The Couch” with Brad and Mick throughout the Spring Carnival.

WATCH: Olympic Glory in work at Warrnambool


Four Wins in Five Days for Spicer

A super run of winners this week for our horses KENTUCKY TORNADO with Chris Waller Racing, and OLYMPIC OATH, SAONE & OUR WIND SPIRIT for Lindsey Smith Racing Stables. Congratulations to all our owners!

This makes four winners in 5 days, and mark’s some promising prospects leading in to Spring.