Australia, Raised on Calphormin
October 9, 2014
Australia (foaled 8 April 2011) was raised at Stanley House Stud, Newmarket, England. Sired by Galileo, out of the mare Ouija Board, Australia is probably best know for winning the 2014 Epsom Derby.
As a two-year-old in 2013, he won two of his three races, creating a very favourable impression when winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes, and was highly regarded by his trainer Aidan O’Brien.
In May 2014 he finished third behind Night of Thunder and Kingman in the 2000 Guineas before winning the Epsom Derby on 7 June. The victory of Australia in the 235th running of the Epsom Derby was the first time a trainer had ever saddled the famous flat-racing Classic winner three years running.
He followed his win in the 2014 Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse and the International Stakes at York, beating The Grey Gatsby by 2 lengths.
In September of the same year Australia faced a rematch against The Grey Gatsby in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and started the 30/100 favourite against a field which also included Al Kazeem, Mukhadram and Trading Leather. This time it was the turn of the Grey Gatsby to title the winning honours, coming home 1/4 of a length in front of Australia.
Bred by the talented team at Stanley House Stud (www.stanleyhousestud.com) in the heart of Newmarket, it was decided at a young age to feed the horse CALPHORMIN to ensure the best possible skeletal development. In October 2012, the yearling was sent to the Tattersalls sales where he was bought for 525,000 guineas by the bloodstock agent Dermot “Demi” O’Byrne acting on behalf of John Magnier’s Coolmore.