China Horse Club’s White Wonder
Tara Madgwick - Tuesday January 14

China Horse Club have a lot of very good horses in Australia carrying their colours, but none as eye-catching as this winner at Kembla on Saturday.

Grand Bernini won on Saturday for China Horse ClubNow with Gwenda Markwell after starting his career in Victoria with Ciaron Maher and David Esuatce, pure white four year-old stallion Grand Bernini broke the ice for his new trainers with a stylish half length win over 1200 metres.

A three time winner previously in country Victorian races, Grand Bernini looks well capable of adding to his record now that he’s found some form.

A $510,000 NZB Premier purchase for China Horse Club / Ciaron Maher Bloodstock from the Windsor Park Stud draft, Grand Bernini is the best of three winners from pure white Zabeel mare The Opera House.

Interestingly, the three winners she has had – Grand Bernini (Shamexpress), Casta Diva (High Chaparral) and Utzon (Charm Spirit) are all her white foals, with her solid coloured foals yet to make an impression on the track.

The Opera House has no yearling for the sales of 2020.


Bishop Family Conditional-Bm70 1200m
Kembla Grange Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.92
Grand Bernini
T: Ms G Markwell J: Travis Wolfgram 59
4h Shamexpress (NZ) x The Opera House (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $510,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: China Horse Club / Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
T: G W Murray J: R Brewer 60
7g Oratorio (IRE) x Magical Misty (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
Superbowl Sunday
T: Mark Newnham J: Tom Sherry 56
4g Snitzel (AUS) x Vaquera (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: K J Parker J: J Penza 54
7g Galileo (IRE) x Classic Music (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
B: G Ryan
T: Tash Burleigh J: G Buckley 54
5g Real Saga (AUS) x Ten Eighty (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld
B: China Horse Club
Miss Jenny
T: Ms G Markwell J: S Pollard 57
5m Snippetson (AUS) x Somethin' Leicajem (AUS) (Nothin' Leica Dane (AUS))
Stone Cold
T: Ms S Murray-Leslie J: C Lever 57
5g Alert (ARG) x Yorked (AUS) (Foreplay (AUS))
Fui San
T: T J Robinson J: S Guymer 54.5
6g Authorized (IRE) x Sol Mere (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
T: Ms T Bateup J: Ms L Day 57.5
4m Lope De Vega (IRE) x Sublissime (IRE) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $3,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: T Bateup
Glamour Fox
T: Clare Cunningham J: Ms J Taylor 54.5
3f Foxwedge (AUS) x Luminosity (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $90,000
V:Murrulla Stud Wingen NSW
B: Dalziel Racing/Peter Moody Racing
Cry Of Achilles
T: Brad Widdup J: Mitchell Bell 55
4g Snitzel (AUS) x Headway (AUS) (Charge Forward (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $330,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW
B: Darby Racing
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