Australia produced Group 1 winners in seven countries during the 2009-10 season. That total was the best in the world and included a massive total of 70 Group 1 wins in Australia (56), New Zealand (11), Great Britain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa.
“This remarkable achievement underlines both the excellence of Australian breeders and the importance of international trade to the industry,” Aushorse Marketing Chairman Antony Thompson said.
“Australia’s integration into the global marketplace is testimony to the outward looking approach of the industry which sees it breed horses that are fast, adaptable and tough at a competitive price able to win at the highest level in both hemispheres.”
Starspangledbanner (Choisir) made history by becoming the first Australian horse to win the July Cup in 2010, following an outstanding victory in the G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes a month earlier.
In Japan, Kinshasa No Kiseki rose to the highest level when narrowly winning the Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier in the year. Kinshasa No Kiseki (Fuji Kiseki) is the winner of 10 races and has earned more than AUD 6.5 million.
Sacred Kingdom (Encosta de Lago) is one of Australian breeding’s best exports and he was the world’s top rated sprinter for the third season in a row when winning the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint. This took his winning tally to 15 and earnings to AUD 6.4 million.
Happy Zero (Danzero) lowered the colours of Sacred Kingdom when winning the G2 HK Sprint Trial before running a close second in the G1 HK International Mile at his next start. His time in the Group 1 spotlight came in March this year when winning the Silver Jubilee Cup taking his earnings to AUD 2.2 million.
Rocket Man (Viscount) continues to lead the Australian contingent in Singapore with his prizemoney rising to AUD 1.6 million when taking the Lion City Cup for the second year in succession.
Another Australian-bred headlining in Singapore, Better Than Ever (French Deputy) took his record to a perfect 9 from 9 when dominating the Singapore Guineas. In his short career, Better Than Ever has accumulated AUD 742, 000.
Gold Trail (Hussonet) has been one of Australia’s most consistent sprinters, with wins including the G2 AJC The Shorts before taking on and beating New Zealand’s best in the G1 Railway Handicap.
Mahbooba is yet another success story in South Africa for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum from his Australian breeding investment. The Galileo filly followed Musir in becoming a South African Group 1 winner when she easily took the lead at the Golden Slipper in July.
Happy Archer (Dubawi) gave Queensland breeder Kevin Dixon international Group 1 success when taking the Durban Thekwini Stakes for two-year-old fillies, her third straight win.
Katie Lee (Pins) is the dominant three-year-old filly across the Tasman, winning both the New Zealand 2000 Guineas against the colts and geldings before adding the NZ 1000 Guineas.