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Skilled (AUS)

2007 Commands (Danehill) x Dextrous (Quest For Fame)
Riverbank Farm

* Beautifully conformed group 1 winning son of Commands

* Son of blueblood mare Dextrous, winner of Sandown Guineas, from prolific stakes winning family

* Sire of group winners Pecans and Fiscal Fantasy

* Progeny have versatility winning from 1000m to 2400m

* Consistent producer of winners with greater than 50% winners to runners

* Progeny earnings in excess of $7.9million

* Service fee offers exceptional value as average earnings per runner over $39,000

Riverbank Farm

Riverbank Farm

Stands at Riverbank Farm
2023 FEE: $3,300

Riverbank Farm is located in north-east Victoria, in an easy to find location opposite Benalla racecourse and within easy driving distance of Melbourne. Owned and managed by Russell and Caroline Osborne, Riverbank offers affordable thoroughbred agistment and caters for every stage from foaling, breeding, weaning and spelling to the racetrack. All stallion fees are inclusive of GST, while Riverbank offers a free return, inc. vet fees (conditions apply).

118 Holdsworth Rd , Benalla, NSW, 3672
0423 768 155
Russell Osborne
0423 768 155
Caroline Osborne
0401 364 188

Latest News

Fiscal Fantasy to Chase G1

The Frank Ritchie-trained Fiscal Fantasy is now on the hunt for an elusive Group One victory after winning her third Group Three race at Ellerslie on Tuesday.

More Group Success for Fiscal Fantasy

Skilled mare Fiscal Fantasy may be small, but she is mighty.

Riverbank success at an all-time high

North-east Victoria’s Riverbank Farm is having their best run ever, with a flood of winners in the past 6 weeks from their resident stallions, led by Skilled, Anacheeva and Redente.

Riverbank Farm Cheer New G3 Winner for Skilled

Cheers from Riverbank Farm, Benalla as Fiscal Fantasy stormed home to an impressive victory in last Friday's Group III Manawatu Breeders Stakes at Awapuni.

Genetic Magic Strikes Again

A few weeks ago we published a story – Genetic Magic at Work – highlighting the recent success of line breeding to influential mare Cotehele House (GB) as demonstrated by the now Group I winner Verry Elleegant and Group II winning two year-old Cosmic Force and we saw that magic work again for a new Group III winner in New Zealand on Friday bred in Victoria by Wingrove Park.

Skilled Choice for Riverbank Farm

Riverbank Farm's Russell Osborne and Dr Caroline Duddy have great pleasure in providing just the right stallions for the owner/breeder market, one that has traditionally been such a great force in Victorian breeding.

Current Runners Accepted

Sunday, March 3
Esperance Race 3 - 1600m BenchMark 58+
Jarman (ex: Taleer) Tnr: Tracey Frizzell Rdr: Kristy Bennett
Esperance Race 7 - 2000m BenchMark 72+
Jarman (ex: Taleer) Tnr: Tracey Frizzell Rdr:
Moruya Race 5 - 1650m Benchmark 58
Blaazay (ex: Wild Point) Tnr: John Gamble Rdr: James P Innes
Moruya Race 5 - 1650m Benchmark 58
Sucrose (ex: Sachrasee) Tnr: John Gamble Rdr: Amy McLucas

Pedigree Table

Commands (AUS) 1996
Dextrous (AUS) 1999
Danehill (USA) 1986
Cotehele House (GB) 1980
Quest For Fame (GB) 1987
Many Hands (AUS) 1988
Danzig (USA) 1981
Razyana (USA) 1981
My Swanee (GB) 1975
Eight Carat (GB) 1975
Rainbow Quest (USA) 1977
Aryenne (FR) 1977
Handy Proverb (AUS) 1982
Deliberation (AUS) 1982
Natalma: 5s x5s

Runners Today

Race 3 Jarman 8g ex: Taleer
Race 7 Jarman 8g ex: Taleer
Race 5 Blaazay 8g ex: Wild Point
Race 5 Sucrose 8m ex: Sachrasee
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Yesterday's Results

Australasian Distance Performance

Short <= 1200m
35.6% - (94)
Sprint 1201m - 1400m
29.2% - (77)
Mile 1401m - 1600m
17% - (45)
Mid 1601m - 2000m
12.5% - (33)
Stay 2001m - 2400m
5.3% - (14)
Long 2400m+
0.4% - (1)

Top Nicks

Papal Power
1 wnrs , (1 sw) Fiscal Fantasy
Procol Harum
1 wnrs , (1 sw) Pecans
Dash For Cash
4 wnrs Skilled Magic
4 wnrs Miss Lamar
4 wnrs Noir Jack
Brief Truce
3 wnrs Epidexios
3 wnrs Lady Skills
Testa Rossa
3 wnrs Shoot For Coomaah
2 wnrs Exalted Craftsman
2 wnrs This Skilled Cat

Race Record

At 2
1st - Moet & Chandon Champagne Stks (1600) Gr.1
1st - The Schweppervescence (1400) LR
1st - Pagewood Hcp (1200)
2nd - Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400) Gr.1
At 3
2nd - Turnpoint Royal Randwick Gneas (1600) Gr.1
2nd - Hoyts Food-Spices Stakes (1400) LR
3rd - David Jones Royal Sovereign (1200) Gr.2
3rd - Schweppes Hobartville Stakes (1400) Gr.2
3rd - Triple M Btc Classic (1350) Gr.3
3rd - The Age Caulfield Guineas Prel (1400) Gr.3
4th - Carbine Club Stakes (1600) Gr.3

Fee History

2023-$3,300 , 2022-$3,300 , 2021-$3,300 , 2020-$3,300 , 2019-$3,300 , 2018-$3,300 , 2017-$4 , 2016-$6,600 , 2015-$6,600 , 2014-$6,600 , 2013-$6,600 , 2012-$8,800

Sons of Commands at Stud in Australasia