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January 1, 2017

MAGIC SPRITE has another stellar year consolidating his position as the Number 1 sire in Australia and NZ

2016 proved to be yet another outstanding year for Magic Sprite as he continued his ascendency as the leading Sire in Australia with mutliple premiership victories across the nation.


Such was his dominance at NSW's premier race track Wentworth Park, Magic Sprite sired nearly double the amount of winners as his nearest rival proving yet again that his stock continue to race and beat the best.


Effective as of January 1, 2017, Frozen Semen for Magic Sprite is now available for $3,500 (inc. GST) - still outstanding value for a Sire who continues  to dominate at virtually every track around the nation and in NZ.

January 2, 2016

MAGIC SPRITE wins 21 Sires Premierships around Australia in 2015

Confirming his status as one of Australia's leading sires, Magic Sprite won 21 Sires Premierships around the nation in 2015 and started 2016 with a bang with Knight Sprite claiming the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup.


With frozen semen of Magic Sprite still available following his recent sale to overseas interests, the son of Brett Lee has continued to fulfil his promise and throws winner after winner on all tracks around Australia.


Such was his dominance, Magic Sprite won the 2015 Premiership at no less than 12 of the 16 major TAB tracks in NSW headed up by Richmond where he produced 130.5 winners.


At Queensland's premier track, Albion Park, Magic Sprite threw an amazing 223.5 winners for 2015 to easily claim the title. 


Magic Sprite also won Sires Premierships at; The Gardens (113 winners); Grafton (89); Casino (85); Lismore (81); Maitland (74); Sale (63); Goulburn (61); Gawler (60); Townsville (56); Nowra (56); Dapto (56); Bulli (55); Launceston (49); Dubbo (47); Gosford (47); Lithgow (41); Hobart (39); Tamworth (26); and Potts Park (23).

September 19, 2014

MAGIC SPRITE continues to throw winner after winner

Boom Sire, Magic Sprite, continues his acendency up the NSW Sires premiership table and is currently in 4th place for the 2014 season.


Despite smaller numbers appearing at city venues in the first half of 2014, Magic Sprite currently has 56 Sydney winners to be just behind Collision, Cosmic Rumble and Where's Pedro.


Studmaster, John Carruthers, believes the second half of 2014 and 2015 is when Magic Sprite will really leave his mark on teh Australian stud scene


"We expected 2014 to be relatively quiet for him given the number of bitches that he served in 2012 so we are pleasantly surprised at where he is sitting on the Sires table but in the next 12 months, we really expect him to assert his authority," said Carruthers said. "The quality of bitch that he served in late 2012 is as good as any you could hope for and reports from some leading trainers are that there are some very promising pups about to hit the track in the next 6 months."

November 21, 2013
In a brilliant display of sustained speed, Black Magic Opal confirmed his position as Australia's best sprinter when he won the Group 1 2013 Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park tonight, in the process, providing Magic Sprite with the first Group 1 winner of his stud career.

Beginning brilliantly from Box 2, Black Magic Opal ran a scintillating 4:93 to the first mark to establish a commanding lead in the early stages, before holding on to that advantage in the run home over the 515m trip to defeat Dyna Beth and Hawk Alone.

For trainer Jason Thompson, it was his third Melbourne Cup victory, after scoring with Light Of Fire in 1994 and Got A Moment in 2012, and he joins master mentors Graeme Bate and Darren McDonald as the most successful trainer of the worlds richest greyhound race.

After the victory, Thompson told Sky Racing viewers how he had spotted Black Magic Opal during the G2 Maitland Cup series which he though he would win with his top class sprinter El Brooklyn, and which ultimately led to him purchasing BMO from owners Les and Carol Hudson.

"In his heat win, Black Magic Opal put 4 lengths on El Brooklyn in a matter of 20 metres and I thought El Brooklyn must have broken down. Next week he did the same thing in the final, and I knew then, he was absolute top class." Thompson said.

Victory in the G1 Melbourne Cup follows breathtaking wins at Geelong, when he broke the track record in consecutive weeks of the G2 Geelong Cup series before establishing new track record figures at Warrnambool over 460m also.

Magic Sprite's stud-master John Carruthers paid tribute to Jason Thompson's ability as a trainer.

"In my opinion, there are very few trainers who continually produce the goods when it comes to big race victories, but Jason stands at the top." Carruthers said. "When Black Magic Opal was out injured a couple of months ago, Jason told me he would bring him back and win the Gellong Cup and then set him for the Melbourne Cup and win that as well. He wasn't telling me that to be a hero, it was just that he had so much faith in the dogs ability."

Breeder's Les and Carol Hudson, who sold Black Magic Opal to clients of Thompson's kennel, were guests of the trainer on Cup night, and were genuinely ecstatic with the win.

"We are just so happy to see what he has achieved since Jason bought him...I'm 72 years of age and didn't have the time to be able to do with the dog what Jason has, but we are just so thrilled for them, it's amazing." Les told Sky Racing shortly after the win.  

It's ironic that Magic Sprite's only defeat during his racing career came at Sandown Park, and now his biggest success to date as a Sire come at the same venue.

The immediate plans for Black Magic Opal are to contest the G2 Ballarat Cup or the G1 Hobart Thousand, with a decision to be made in the next week.

October 31, 2013
Only a select few greyhounds ever run close to a track record during their career, let alone break one, unless of course you are Black Magic Opal!

At Warrnambool tonight, Black Magic Opal recorded his 3rd track record run in as many starts when lowering the 450 metre track record to 24:87, and continues his record-breaking run spree after setting the benchmark in the heat and final of the 2013 Group 2 Geelong Cup series.

By Magic Sprite out of Awesome Opal, BMO's record now stands at 32 starts for 25 wins and 4 minor placings and Thompson plans to set the speedster for the upcoming G1 $500,000 Melbourne Cup series at Sandown Park, the richest greyhound race in the world.

October 18, 2013
In what could only be described as freakish, Black Magic Opal confirmed the popular opinion that he is now Australia's fastest greyhound when winning the Group 2 Geelong Cup final tonight, and in the process, broke his own track record set just 4 nights ago!

After setting new track record figures of 25:25 for the 460 metre sprint in his heat win on Monday night, the son of Magic Sprite led from box-rise to defeat Farmor Las Vegas and stopped the clock at 25:11, taking more than 2 lengths off the previous mark.

Since resuming from an 2 month injury enforced spell, master trainer Jason Thompson has produced BMO at Sale where he won in 24:69 over the 440m before an emphatic 10 length win at Bendigo in a flying 23:55 over the 425m.

The G2 Geelong is next on the agenda for the star sprinter, with Thompson surely planning an assault on the G1 $500,000 Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park in November.

Victorian breeder Carolyn Jones experienced great success with champion chaser El Gran Senor, but it his litter sister Gian Gold who is now creating headlines. 

Gian Gold recently whelped 17 pups in the one litter to Magic Sprite, and although they lost 4 shortly afterwards, the litter of 13 are now healthy and well. While this is her third and last litter, Gian Gold is no stranger to whelping down big numbers and in her previous litter she delivered a mere 15 pups.


June 24, 2013
Following another two winners at Wentworth Park last Friday night, Magic Sprite has now moved into 4th position on the Metropolitan Sires list in NSW for 2013, taking his tally to 37, five wins in advance of Bombastic Shiraz who now sits in 5th place.

The son of Brett Lee and Glamorous has had an outstanding year producing winners in every state of Australia as well as New Zealand, with reports circulating that the next crop of Magic Sprite's to hit the track are outstanding types.

On the AGRA Breeding rankings for 2013/14, Magic Sprite is now in 14th position and is poised to overtake the likes of Brett Lee and Go Wild Teddy in the coming weeks.


June 19, 2013
Boom young sire Magic Sprite continued his ascendency up the Sire ranks by producing four winners at the Gosford meeting last night.

At just his first full season as a sire, Magic Sprite contiues to throw chasers with an abundance of early speed and now the strength of his dam line, through the wonderful producer Glamorous, is coming to the fore.

His winners last night included Swahili and Just Like Paluza, while Boyanna (29:81) and Lady In Black (23:17) registred the best times of the night over the 515m and 400m trips


May 8, 2013


Recent G2 Maitland Gold Cup winner, Black Magic Opal, has been sold to Victorian interests and will do its future racing under the care of champion trainer Jason Thompson.


Unconfirmed reports have the son of boom sire Magic Sprite being sold for close to $100,000, and he leaves the kennels of his breeder, owner and trainer, Les Hudson, with the record of 13 wins and 4 second placings from 17 starts.


April 27, 2013

Sharon Monelli continued the amazing winning sequence of the Magic Sprite x Fantasy Monelli litter when taking out the prestigous Sandi's Me Mum Memorial final at Cannington tonight.


Exiting speedily from Box 7, Sharon Monelli tracked the early leader Need A Seatbelt until the home turn before taking the lead and holding off the late challenge of Vocal Enforcer, to score in the good time of 30.50 for the 530 metre trip.


The January 2011 whelping is just one of a litter by boom sire Magic Sprite that is carrying all before them. Bred by the Quincee family, the litter all carry the 'Monelli' suffix and include; Dallas; Debbie; Harry; Houdini; Pamela; and Sharon; and to date, the litter-mates have faced the starter on 140 occasions for 48 wins and 47 placings.


The win also gave trainer Dave Hobby his fourth success in the Sandi's Me Mum Memorial, named in honour of arguably Western Australia's greatest chaser.

April 20, 2013

The much anticipated Wentworth Park debut of recent G2 Maitland Gold Cup winner, Black Magic Opal, left race fans in no doubt that he is a chaser with immense ability after he scored a 11 length victory in 29.79 on a rain-soaked track.


Despite missing the start fractionally off the inside box, Black Magic Opal mustered pace that quickly that by the time he had reached the first turn, he had already established a clear margin of 4 lengths over his nearest rival. 


Clocking sectionals of 5:40 to the first mark and 13:76 down the back, the son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal allayed any fears he may be suspect over the 520m by widening his margin in the run to the winning post. The win took Black Magic Opal's career tally to 16 starts for 13 wins and 3 minor placings and more than $57,000 in prize-money, continuing the fairytale ride for husband and wife training team of Les and Carol Hudson from Budgewoi on NSW's Central Coast. 


The victory also consolidated Magic Sprite's standing on the NSW Metropolitan Sires standings, where he currently sits in 5th position behind established stars such as Collision, Bit Chili, Where's Pdero and Bombastic Shiraz. 


April 13, 2013
Such was the rapid rise in class, many experts were prepared to risk Charmed Assassin when he contested the Free-For-All feature race at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, but he handled it with distinction to score a dominant victory against a field of talented performers. 

Utilising his brilliant early pace and Box 2 to perfection, Charmed Assassin led throughout to defeat Golden Easter Egg finalist Sometimes Speedy and Cadence in the best of night figures of 29.66, after clocking a scintillating 5.33 to the first mark. Charmed Assassin then burnt down the back in 13.67 before running home in less than 16 seconds to prove that he is a serious chaser on the way up.

A December 2010 whelping by Magic Sprite out of Assassin Journey, trainer Jane Carruthers must now be eyeing off potential feature races with her talented galloper who remains unbeaten at the Glebe circuit, where he has strung together 4 consecutive victories, each time lowering his previous mark by at least 1/10th of a second.


April 10, 2013
He may only be 23 months of age, but its doubtful if there's a more promising pup racing in Australia at the moment than Black Magic Opal. A son of Magic Sprite, Black Magic Opal left race fans speechless on Wednesday night when he led from soon after box-rise to take out the $40,000 to the winner, Group 2 Maitland Cup in a breathtaking 24.92.

It was a fairytale result for husband and wife team of Les and Carol Hudson who bred the black chaser from a bitch they had bought for just $800. Black Magic Opal took his record to an impressive 12 wins and 3 placings from 15 career starts, and judging by the way he accounted for a field which inlcuded the likes of El Brooklyn, Unexplained and Braylyn County, a logical target would be the rich G2 Warrnambool Cup series which commences in May.
In winning the final, Black Magic Opal also took his record at the spacious one turn track of Maitland to 7 starts for 7 wins, and joins a select group of chasers to break the magical 25 second mark, with his winning time just 4/100ths outside of Exclusive One's track record. The win also gave sire Magic Sprite his third Group winner in less than 2 weeks as he continues his ascendency up the Australian Stud ranks.


March 30, 2013
Charmed Assassin capped off a magical night for John and Jane Carruthers when he led throughout to win the G3 New Sensation final at Wentworth Park.
In the space of just 20 minutes, the Carruthers' won the New Sensation final; the G3 Magic Maiden final with Clockwise; collected $50,000 in prizemoney; but more importantly, saw their boom sire etch his name in the record books with two Group wins on the same night.
It was another home-bred success story for the Carruthers' who as well as breeding and racing Magic Sprite, they also bred and raced the dam Assassin Journey (Whiskey Assassin x Rich Journey). Clocking 29.76, Charmed Assassin completed a hat-trick of wins in the New Sensation series when he led from box-rise and defied the efforts of favourite Fast Archer to run him down. Charmed Assassin's victory in the $25,000 to the winner final, saw his stakes earnings climb to more than $38,000 which has produced 11 wins and 2 placings from just 19 starts.
John Carruthers was non-commital about the immediate plans for the black sprinter, but at just 28 months of age, and with his brilliant early speed a key attribute, it wouldn't surprise to see an interstate assault in the coming months.


March 30, 2013
In what could only be described as a dream result, Clockwise scored a last stride victory to take out the $25,000 to the winner, G3 Magic Maiden final at Wentworth Park.

Owned and trained by John and Jane Carruthers, Clockwise is by their resident sire Magic Sprite out of Elizabeth Royal, with both the dam and sire also being bred, owned and trained by the Carruthers'.

"I organised the bonus with Goodsey's owner when the dog was standing at stud with us, and I would have been just as excited to see Chris win, but I'm not complaining, this is another Group race win for our own sire Magic Sprite, and we are over the moon." Carruthers said shortly after the win.

And although John Carruthers' was delighted with the victory and prizemoney, he admitted to feeling a tinge of sadness for Chris Arletos, trainer of the runner-up Black Rip, who was chasing a $50,000 bonus for the first Goodsey pup to win a Group race.

Beginning well from Box 7, Clockwise stalked Black Rip for virtually the entire trip before lunging at precisely the right time to get the judges verdict in the time of 30.01, with Zipping Simba a further 1/2 length away in 3rd place.

While the family were ecstatic with the victory, there was also a moment of sad reflection as John Carruthers revealed that the dam Elizabeth Royal had died following complications from a stomach illness and had whelped just the one litter of pups. "She was a gutsy bitch who came back and won at Wentworth Park after whelping down Clockwise's litter and we just hope her offspring do her proud in the future."

Judging by the ability Clockwise and her talented littermate Triggsy have displayed to date, there's more than a fair chance the name Elizabeth Royal will be in the spotlight in the future. 
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