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November 12 2012


Class sprinter Mental is set to fly the flag for his champion sire Lonhro on the international stage following his breakthrough G1 win at Flemington on Saturday.

Photo by Racing and Sports

Mental (Lonhro x Intrigues, by Night Shift) finished his Australian racing career in perfect fashion with his maiden G1 success in Saturday’s Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington.

He turned the tables on Fastnet Rock‘s triple G1 winner Sea Siren after chasing home that mare in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 26.

Bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed, Mental will now leave Australia to join his Godolphin stable for campaigns in Dubai and the UK.

Mental  will go into quarantine next week before leaving Australia in mid-December.

Mental is the fifth individual G1 by Lonhro (Octagonal x Shadea, by Straight Strike) and is the last foal to race out of Intrigues (Night Shift x Shaybisc, by Biscay).

Intrigues has failed to get in foal in three seasons since she produced Mental. She was sold in 2009 for $12,000 to Salamander Park and was served by the Pins stallion Keano in 2011.

Shaybisc, the dam of Intrigues, won the G1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes and is the dam of the Group winners Sashed (Sir Tristram), Bradshaw (Last Tycoon) and Asarka (Crown Jester).

Shaybisc’s daughters and granddaughters have produced the triple G1 winner Freemason (Grand Lodge) and stakes winners Santissima (Quest For Fame), Tarzi (Desert Prince), Debrief (Brief Truce) and Serenissima (Lonhro).

Mental has now won seven of his 12 starts and earnings of $1,092,560.

He is the second G1 winner bred by Darley from a Night Shift mare, the other being Beaded.

This Lonhro/Night Shift cross has produced nine winners from 11 runners including five stakes winners.



October 26 2012


Talented sprinter Mental rocketed home along the fence to finish 2nd by a neck behind Sea Siren after having trouble obtaining a run until well into the straight. Mental was first up from a spell and looked to be well suited to Group 1 company in his first start at the highest level.

McEvoy was pleased with Mental’s run after leaving from barrier nine.

“It was a super run and I rode him for luck. The race down the straight will suit him ideally,” he said.

Mental’s next assignment appears to be the $1 million Group 1 Patinack on Emirates Stakes day.

The four-year-old is one of a number of Darley’s Australian stables due to enter quarantine after spring racing to join Godolphin’s Dubai stables.


Mental is the son of resident Salamander Park owned broodmare Intrigues.

Intrigues is in foal to Keano.



September 29 2012

Urban Groove shows promise in Reginald Allen win

29 Sep 2012 | By Glenn MooreIt was no surprise to Gai Waterhouse that Urban Groove went from a Kembla Grange maiden last start to winning the $100,000 Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.Urban Groove in full flight, picture

The Charge Forward filly showed plenty of promise at her first outing in the provincials but her career was on a different path altogether until injury struck.
“This filly is very interesting because she broke her pelvis as a two-year-old, we thought she was going to be a Magic Millions horse and then she had this injury that put her out for nearly a year,” Waterhouse said.
It might have been a year later, but Waterhouse was still aiming high and Urban Groove didn’t disappoint. Ridden by Tommy Berry, Urban Groove settled behind race leader Roll The Bones (McDonald) with Cavalry Rose (Bowman) sitting outside the lead.
Little changed in the run to the turn but after straightening Roll The Bones kicked impressively. For a furlong it didn’t look like Urban Groove would make up the ground but from the 200m Roll The Bones struggled and being the fighter she is, Urban Groove finished too strong to score a good win.
At the line the margin was a half-length to Brave Soul who finished hard down the outside late for second with a further length and a half to Roll The Bones who hung on for third. The overall time was 1.11.86 with the last 600m run in 34.56.
“She won the other day brilliantly, and I thought to myself, this time of year, why don’t we roll the dice. These fillies only have a window in their life to kick goals and she has done exactly that today,” Waterhouse said.
“I don’t know about Melbourne, I will have to have a little look.”
“Just look at her, she doesn’t look like she has been around, she hasn’t raised a sweat, hasn’t had a blow,” Berry said.
“She did that quite easy today, I had to put a couple around her tail, she hung in at the top of the straight, wobbled out but once she knows what she is doing she is going to be pretty special.
“You don’t see too many horses come from winning a maiden at Kembla to winning a listed race the next start.
“I was hoping we would have don’t blink inside of us, because I will think you will find every horse today on the fence hasn’t finished off. The win is coming pretty strong across the track so you want to get cover from the wind.
“That was the aim today, but you can pretty much put this filly wherever you want, she tries her guts out and has got a lot more in store.”
Urban Groove, picture
Urban Groove is out of the Flying Spur mare Morton and is owned by N Vass, Mrs A Vass, Ms C Kitching, C Peoples, D Henderson, L Henderson, C Mathieson, B Lynton, B Headland & M Byrne.

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Salamander Park are very pleased to have Urban Groove’s full sister Back In Town as part of our broodmare band.


Back In Town is in foal to Keano.



May 24 2012


Trash and Treasure
Tara Madgwick – Thursday, 24 May 2012

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and it often is the case with bloodstock.

Exciting three year-old gelding Mental staked a claim as a potential Group I star when scoring an impressive win in the Group III BRC Doomben Classic last Saturday providing yet another great result for Darley.

By their champion sire Lonhro from the Night Shift (USA) mare Intrigues, Mental is the fifth stakes-winner to be bred on what is becoming a very notable cross.

Unfortunately for Darley, they will not get the chance to repeat the mating of Intrigues with Lonhro as they elected to sell the mare at the 2009 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale where she fetched just $12,000 to the bid of Phillip Anderson of Anderson Bloodstock.

Intrigues has been a difficult breeder for Mr Anderson and is yet to produce a foal since Mental(pictured , having missed in three subsequent seasons at stud.

“She wasn’t in foal when we bought her and then despite trying different stallions and seeking the advice of several vets we still weren’t able to get her in foal,” explained Phillip Anderson.

“Last year we decided to just keep her here on the farm (Salamander Park) and send to her to our own stallion Keano and amazingly she is now in foal.

“It was our last roll of the dice really after trying everything else, so we sent her to him three days in a row and it’s worked.”

Mr Anderson has been following the career of Mental during the season and was understandably thrilled to see him win on Saturday.

“I was highly excited to watch him win, he’s a very promising horse,” Anderson said.

“Back in the spring we were following him and another horse So Swift, whose mother we also own.

“Before the Sandown Guineas it was looking like both of them would run, although I favoured Mental to win, but then he was withdrawn leaving So Swift, who ended up winning, so now we have the dams of two stakes-winners here and both are in foal to Keano.”


April 16 2012
Former Darley shuttler Elusive Quality (Gone West-Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) added a black-type success when favoured gelding Cornell (Elusive Quality-Ivy League, by Doyoun) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the $80,000 Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) for 3YOs at Morphettville. Cornell (ridden by Vlad Duric for trainer Anthony Freedman) defeated fellow geldings Meshmaker (Testa Rossa-She’s Double Gold, by Golden Missile) & Banner (Mugharreb-Fereronoche, by Gallo Di Ferro). Cornell took his record to 3 wins & 4 placings (including 2011’s Listed Geelong Classic over 2200m) from 10 starts for $104,738 earnings.
Salamander Park are excited to have Cornell’s full sister In and Away as an integral part of our broodmare band.
In and Away is in foal to Keano.
March 10 2012
The remarkable story of the success of the Cheveley Park Stud homebred Pivotal (sire of Salamander Park’s new stallion Pivotal Moment), reached a significant milestone at Meydan today.

His son African Story became his 100th individual Stakes winner. A remarkable achievement as he has never been transported to the Southern Hemisphere for a covering season.

African Story has been brought along slowly by connections and is now beginning to award their patience as the win in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar was far and away his most impressive run to date. There should be more to come.

November 14 2011
So Swift became the first Group winner sold by Salamander Park Pty Ltd after winning the Group 2 Sandown Guineas on Saturday November 12 2011.

So Swift was sold by Salamander Park as a weanling in the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Weanling sale for $7,500 and has proven to be a bargain buy.

The most exciting news, however, is that Salamander Park own the dam of So Swift in Theophania.

Theophania, a Scenic mare, produced So Swift as foal number 2, so a long career beckons on our farm going forward.

Salamander Park bred and sold a full brother to So Swift at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale this year prior to the sale for an undisclosed amount.

Bill and Simon Wilde also have this now 2yo Colt under their guidance as well, so we are looking for big things from So Swift’s younger brother as well.

Salamander Park will be offering a half brother to So Swift by Any Given Saturday at the Yearling Sales in 2012 at a sale to be decided over the coming week.

On Saturday November 5 2011, Theophania foaled down a lovely Reset Colt. The final part of exciting news is that Theophania will be covered by Keano in 2011, who was purchased by Salamander Park to stand at our farm in Merton. Keano will get a nice kick start to his stallion career by throwing a half relation to a Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner.

April 1 2011
Salamander Park are pleased to announce that KEANO will be standing at our new farm in Merton, Victoria for the 2011 season.

Merton is only 30 kms from Euroa and 75kms from Seymour, so is centrally located within the Victorian breeding region.

KEANO is by Pins out of O’Really (by Centaine). O’Really is a winning half sister to O’Reilly.

Courtza is KEANO’s grandam and was the last winner of both the Group 1 Blue Diamond and Group 1 Golden Slipper prior to Sepoy this year.

As a Black Type winning son of Pins out of a half sister to O’Reilly, KEANO provides Australian broodmare owners the bloodlines of the very best New Zealand Stallions right here in Australia. Given that O’Reilly will stand the 2011 season at a fee of NZ$50,000 and Pins at a fee of NZ$40,000 exceptional value can be obtained by breeding to KEANO in 2011.

KEANO was a very good racehorse winning 6 times from 1000m (57.26s at Flemington) to 1400m with his most recent win on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington over 1400m during the last day of the 2010 spring carnival.

KEANO was a $450,000 yearling sold at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchased and trained by Danny O’Brien.

With both Ambitious Dragon winning the 2011 Hong Kong Derby (a son of Pins) and Shamrocker winning the 2011 AJC Australian Derby (a daughter of O’Reilly) you don’t have to go far to look at the potential that KEANO can offer to both speed and staying mares.

KEANO will match very nicely to Danehill and Danzig line mares and in particular to any Northern Dancer line mare as KEANO has only one strain of Northern Dancer within his pedigree.

KEANO will stand for $8,800 including GST offering a transferable free return (conditions apply).

For any enquiries please contact:

Philip Anderson
Ph:0416 265 231

Salamander Park
53 Merton-Strathbogie Road
Merton VIC 3715

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