DGR Thoroughbred Services & DGR Bloodstock Services is the Sydney, Australia based bloodstock
agency of Duncan Ramage. DGR is a leader in the selection and sale of yearlings, tried racehorses,
broodmares and stallions both locally and internationally. It syndicates racehorses, manages
broodmares and has a proven record in the design and management of stud farms.
Primitivo like a Ferrari in the $1m Magic Millions Trophy.
A Sebring Quinella in the $1 Million Ferrari Magic Millions Trophy
Mark Smith – Breednet – Saturday January 11
Widden Stud’s late, great Sebring went 1-2 in Saturday’s $1 Million Ferrari Magic Millions Trophy but there was a dominant winner in the John Thompson-trained Primitivo.
With Glenn Boss having his first ride on the honest 5yo gelding, Primitivo came clear in the closing stages to defeat the Chris Waller-trained Black On Gold by one and three-quarter lengths with the Tony Gollan-trained A Man To Match a short-neck back in third.
BLUEBLOODS Magazine – Personality Profile
Born in the UK, Duncan was introduced to the thoroughbred industry from a young age. Riding junior show jumping events such as Hickstead he gained an appreciation for the horse and became an apprentice at 16 where he went on to ride at meetings as varied as Royal Ascot and Bath. As a young man he gained valuable experience while working with studs, trainers, pinhookers, bloodstock agents, veterinarians and farriers in industries as varied as England, Ireland, North America, Australia and New Zealand before setting up this agency in Australia in 1990.read more
Careful Pre-Race preparations by trainer & jockey.
Moving With The Times
17th December 2019
DGR Thoroughbred Services first purchase at public auction resulted in that $7,000 acquisition winning the 1992 Inglis Classic for two-year-olds, a race even then worth $350,000. Shoeshine Henry made his debut for short neck second in the Breeders Plate Gr3 in September of 1991. Shoeshine also ran second in the Silver Slipper Gr2, then run prior to Christmas at two. At three he ran third in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 and MVRC Vase Gr3 and Spring Stakes (behind star of the year Coronation Day).read more
Grown Up & Carif
11th November 2019
With the major spring carnival over our spring contenders have grown in stature as a result. Yearling purchases like Battenburg became a new name running third in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes at only his fourth career start. Fellow 3yo Craftmanship won the Listed Hill Smith Stakes in Adelaide on the same day, that was his fourth career start also. Battenburg met at their next start on Cox Plate day in the Gr3 Vase running fifth and sixth. Also on Cox Plate day, Ballistic Boy ventured down from his Eagle Farm base to run a great Fourth in the new Million Dollar Bondi Stakes at Randwick. The previous day Stick ‘Em up was forced to venture to the nation’s Capital Canberra to race after several of her scheduled engagements where abandoned meetings. She handled her first attempt at 2000m with aplomb beating older horses well in the process. All of these were 3yo’s however earlier the same week 4yo Into The Abyss ventured back into Stakes company in Victoria after her demolition win in Sydney. She ran a creditable third at Listed level at Geelong.read more
Carif opens up his Flemington Career in the Melbourne Cup qualifier & historic Hotham Handicap on Derby Day 2019.
Into The Aybss striding clear on Labour Day Holiday Racing
10 October 2019
Our spring growth (10 Sept) has sprouted some more recent winners with a pleasant last week. Joyous Times, a Think Big Stud/Foote Street homebred by our former champion racehorse and top 10 sire So You Think broke through for an all important maiden win at Gosford (3 Oct) under an excellent R King ride. Saturday 5 October saw Dundeel purchase Profit chalk up his four win from his three career starts for trainer Chris Anderson at Eagle Farm. He will likely reappear in the $2m Magic Million 3YO Guineas on 11th January. On the same day, this time at Randwick, homebred Carif, by former yearling purchases So You Think & Norzita (a combined 12 Group 1 wins between them) gets special mention with his first attempt at Weight For Age running 3 lens fifth in the $500,000 Group 2 Hill Stakes.read more
10th September 2019
With Spring comes new growth and as we ease into Spring 2019 some new horses are emerging for DGR and associates. Three Year Old Profit by Dundeel from Opportunity is unbeaten in his two career starts thus far. While he is yet to become a “Profit” in prizemoney terms and it is far from a Done Deal that he will, but he certainly has the opportunity to do so.
Ref: Breednet https://www.breednet.com.au/news/8050/derby-dreamer-for-dundeel
Fellow Dundeel 3yo Mystery Trick also won on debut in August weeks and while he found the Group 3 Ming Dynasty a bridge to far at his subsequent start, he too will have an opportunity to so in the Autumn having been put away by his trainer Bjorn Baker for now.read more
Profit returns to scale at Eagle Farm on Saturday 7th September thus far unbeaten
Indeed An Honour with Hall Of Fame Induction
I was honoured to make the acceptance speech for So You Think’s induction into the Racing Hall Of Fame in Brisbane on Friday 17th May. It is not the first time having had a similar honour when Saintly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Adelaide ceremony a few years prior. Both great horses and worthy inductees and similarly carrying the famous Black & White Checks, Yellow Sleeves of owner, the Late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam and trained for him by Hall Of Fame Legend the Late Bart Cummings.
These colours continue to be represented at the top level with Purple Sector carrying them to victory in the Rough Habit Plate Group 3 on 11th May. June 8th we have every expectation to see these colours adorn runners in the two year old and three year old Group 1 races of the day at Eagle Farm.read more
A Champion Result
Friday 4th May’s Chairman’s Sale at Inglis Riverside saw the sale of “NORZITA” to John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud for $1.7m. A poignant moment for DGR she was offered as one of the last core breeding assets of the estate of the Late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam.
Sold in foal to Snitzel, Norzita was purchased by DGR for her racing owners Dato’ Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud and Tunku Ahmad’s Westcode Pty Ltd for NZ$200,000 at the 2010 New Zealand Karaka Premier Yearling Sales.read more
The 2019 version on the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales set some records and some very high prices and indices with 75 lots selling for $500,000 or more and an overall average of $356,372.
Perhaps not the sale to claim to have bought cheaply but our two purchases bought in conjunction with Anthony Cummings do sit below the overall sale average and less than the half price of $500,000. We have purchased Group 1 winners from the Easter Yearling Sales as has Anthony Cummings and we are rightfully optimistic that this years combined purchases can add to the Group 1 haul.read more
Legacy Updates Continue
The legacy of Dato’ Tans support updates yet again. We commented during 2018 and again in a post in January 2019 about winning combinations and successful progeny bred from racehorses initially purchased by DGR as yearlings such as Krone (Eurozone/Soft Landing), Tivaci (ex Breccia),Emperors Way (Roman Emperor/Laylia) but 2018 ended with our pinnacle success for breeding with SKY BOY winning five in a row and the Villiers Group 2 on 15th December putting him on top of the individual metropolitan wins table (source Racenet) for the season. The unbeaten MYSTERY LOVE adds the recent Bendigo Guineas Listed to the tally.
She is another stakes winner for her sire Eurozone purchased by DGR as a yearling to race for the late Dato’ Tan & Partners. Her dam Free Thinking was bred by Dato’ being by his beloved Pendragon, purchased as a yearling by DGR out of an off the track broodmare purchased for Dato’ as we set his then new Think Big Stud property in the southern highlands. That mare leash is now also the grandam of the $2m earner HOUTZEN.read more
The late Dato Tan
Classic Rewards Then & Now
We would not be described a “frequent flyer” in buying at the January Inglis Classic sales however in our past attempts rewards have flown.
DGR purchased one horse at the inaugural Inglis Classic in 1991 for $7,000. That horse became known as Shoeshine Henry and he won the inaugural classic race in 1992, then worth $353,000 under Mick Dittman when run at Canterbury. Shoeshine also ran second in both the Breeders Plate Gr3 & Silver Slipper Gr2 as a two year old and at three ran third in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 & BMW Vase Gr3. In conjunction with the late Bart Cummings DGR purchased God’s Own at the same sale in 2004.read more