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Daily News | 25th March 2019
NEW Inglis Chairman’s Sale Catalogue OnlineMonday, 25th March 2019A stunning collection of top-class mares will be offered at this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, for which the catalogue is now available online: CLICK HERE. In total 53 lots have been collated for the boutique sale, which will take place from 6.30pm on Friday May 3 at Riverside Stables. They include mares in foal to many of Australia’s most commercial stallions, among them Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Exceed And Excel, Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Pierro, Dundeel, No Nay Never, Brazen Beau, Impending, Deep Field and Capitalist. The sale will begin with a nomination to Widden Stud’s hot new first season sire, four-time Gr1 winner, Trapeze Artist, for the 2019 Australian breeding season, with all proceeds going to injured jockey Tye Angland. The other stallion offering is one share in the Russian Revolution stallion syndicate, likely to be much coveted, entitling the owner to two nominations per season until the 2021 season and thereafter one nomination per season.
Covering sire Gr1 winner Merchant Navy (pic: Mark Gatt)
NEW Wild Card Chairman’s Entries Add To Gr1 GlitzMonday, 25th March 2019Meanwhie, given the likelihood of additional top-class Wild Card entries (open until 22 April) for the 2019 Inglis Chairman’s Sale (3 May), it promises to be an astonishing Elite Breeding Prospect session, with the sale already boasting some of the leading race mares and producers of the past decade, headlined by:
- G1 Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia
- Dual G1 winner Srikandi, in foal to American Pharoah
- Inca Lagoon – the dam of G1-winning Hong Kong Champion Sprinter Ivictory, in foal to Sebring
- G2-winning and G1-placed mare Snitty Kitty
- Champion 3YO Filly of her generation Gr1 winner Norzita, in foal to Snitzel
- Pasadena Girl – the only G1-winning 2YO filly by Savabeel in foal to Sebring
- Now Now – the dam of G2-winning, G1 placed millionaire Fiesta, in foal to Pierro
- Noondie – the dam of last month’s G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Booker, in foal to Written Tycoon
- Dashoff – the dam of multiple Group winning, G1 placed sprinter Spright, in foal to I Am Invincible
- Apologynotaccepted – the only mare in foal to Medaglia d’Oro to be offered on the Australian market in 2019
- So Serene – daughter of Exceed And Excel with quality 2YO form, in foal to Sebring
- Nettoyer – high class daughter of Sebring offered as a racing and breeding prospect
Snitty Kitty (pic: Mark Gatt)
NEW NZB’s Southern Grads Showcase OpportunitiesMonday, 25th March 2019New Zealand’s tough southern-bred racing product has left impressions not only in the South Island racing scene, but further north in New Zealand and across the Tasman in Australia. At affordable prices, a new wave of 61 yearlings will be on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale on Monday, 29 April, presenting an opportunity to invest with lucrative and promising results on the racetrack as seen by graduates of the Sale. With 14 individual stakes winners having laid claim to 23 stakes-races since the start of the 2014-15 season, this season’s four individual stakes winners so far (Air Max, Boots ‘n’ All, Shadows Cast & Yogi) cost as little as $1,000 and could have been secured for up to $20,000 at the Sale. Together, these four graduates of the South Island Sale have won $2,107,993 in prizemoney – an impressive return of 59 times that of their combined original price in the sale ring. Other stakes winners in recent seasons to have been produced from the Sale include Gr1 Telegraph Handicap winner Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) who sold for $5,500, Tasmanian Oaks and Bagot Handicap winner Parthesia (NZ) who fetched $20,000 in the sale ring, six-time stakes winner Natuzzi (NZ) (Coats Choice) who cost $9,000 to secure, and Singaporean sprinter-miler Absolutely (NZ) (Coats Choice) who claimed the Three Rings Trophy from a $3,000 purchase price, to name just a few. These graduates highlight just how affordable yearlings offered at the South Island Sale can be, and as an added bonus, all yearlings are eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.
NZB South Island graduate Yogi (pic: Mark Gatt)
NEW Another Big Deel 2YO Arrives On The SceneMonday, 25th March 2019With more than four months left to run of the current season, Arrowfield Stud’s Dundeel is turning into quite the juvenile surprise packet. His first crop, now 3YOs, took a while to hit their straps then blossomed to include high profile Group-winning sophomores Atyaab, Global Exchange, Irukandji and Cutadeel. Then, from seemingly nowhere, Castelvecchio smashed his rivals in the $2 million Inglis 2YO Millennium, Yourdeel claimed the 2YO Gr1 Sistema Stakes after placing in the Karaka 2YO Million, and now there’s Super Seth. Who? Saddled by Anthony Freedman whose juveniles are on fire, 2YO colt Super Seth (Dundeel-Salutations, by Redoute’s Choice) went to the races for the first time at Ballarat on Sunday where he started at $1.75 in a 12-horse field over 1200m. With ownership headed up by Jonathan Munz’s Pine Cliff Racing, and Mark Zahra donning the same silks as seen on Shoals, Super Seth sidled across from his wide barrier, and sat midfield before circling his rivals and coasting to the line eased down by 6-lengths. He’s a half-brother to well-named Animal Kingdom 3YO Wild Planet, who ran a slashing second in last Saturday’s Gr1 Darby Munro Stakes in his first run since finishing runner-up in the Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington in November. A $280,000 Inglis Easter yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud, Super Seth looks like he’ll be effective up to at least a mile, and could be a serious Caulfield Guineas type in the Spring. Super Seth's full-sister was purchased for what could end up being a bargain $70,000 by Sandra Harding at 2019’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
Super Seth as a yearling (pic: inglis.com.au)
Autumn Sun Spell Could Mean Career EndMonday, 25th March 2019It’s possible racegoers have seen Champion 3YO Colt-elect The Autumn Sun for the last time. According to AAP, the star Redoute’s Choice colt with an international pedigree will likely head to the paddock after two taxingly tough runs in the space of a few weeks. The question, one which is yet to be answered by connections themselves, is whether they call time on his career or bring him back for a tilt at Royal Ascot where trainer Chris Waller believes he would be well suited. Managing owner John Messara of Arrowfield Stud revealed that his stud farm already has 40 mares lined up for the stallion-in-waiting. “There is a lot of interest in him and he doesn't have to do anything more," observed Messara of the colt who’s abridged record now reads 8 wins (including the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes as a 2YO, and Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 Randwick Guineas, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas as a 3YO) from just 9 starts for earnings of nearly $3.5 million. As wonderful as it would be to see The Autumn Sun on the world stage, given his considerable commercial appeal as it currently stands, an overseas sojourn is not without some risk. A final decision will only be made after his full ownership group meets over the coming weeks.
Connections Retire Gr1 Winner I Am A StarMonday, 25th March 2019One of Australia’s most popular racemares I Am A Star has been retired ahead of the breeding season. According to punters.com, her owners made the decision after a poor run in last Friday Gr2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley. Winer of the Gr1 Myer Classic as a 3YO and another five Group races all-up, 5YO I Am A Star (I Am Invicible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) was in sensational form during last year’s Spring Carnival where she notched up a hat-trick at three different tracks. Victories in the Gr2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington, Gr2 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley and Gr3 Ladies’ Day Vase all came within a month. Trained by Shane Nichols, New Zealand-bred I Am A Star was intially sold by Rich Hill Stud for $12,000 at the 2014 NZB May Sale, and then again by Bhima Thoroughbreds when James Harron Bloodstock purchased her for just $40,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.
I Am A Star (pic: Mark Gatt)
NZB 2019 May Sale Catalogue Now OnlineMonday, 25th March 2019New Zealand's largest breeding stock sale, New Zealand Bloodstock's 2019 Karaka May Sale, can now be viewed online with printed catalogues arriving in the post at the end of March. The 240-lot catalogue is brimming with pinhooking, breeding and investment opportunities. Streamlined into one day of selling on Friday 17 May, the first lot will go under the hammer from 10am. Selling will commence with the Weanling category seeing 154 lots offered, followed by the Yearling category with a further 18 lots presented. The remainder of the catalogue will see three 2YOs, five racehorses and a total of 60 Broodmares to close the day’s trading. The Yearling category is the last chance this year to secure a Karaka Million Series eligible horse for two $1 million races – the Karaka Million 2YO in 2020 and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2021. In addition to the lucrative races, nominated horses will also be able to contest the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the duration of their career. Selling begins at 10am on 17 May at Karaka. All supplementary Lots will be sold after the last Lot in their respective category. Supplementary entries close Tuesday 7 May. You can view the catalogue online here, request a printed catalogue online here, or contact reception on +64 9 298 0055 or email@example.com.
No Precious Wines In Cellar For CummingsMonday, 25th March 2019Godolphin head-trainer James Cummings, who will personally present the Gr1 Golden Slipper trophy for Kiamichi’s victory to Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai, was given sage advice by European trainer John Gosden at a yearling sale after he joined the global thoroughbred powerhouse, reports racing.com. Analogous to the sommelier for whom all bottles in the cellar are simply treated as wine irrespective of cost or vintage once laid down, Cummings was advised to simply treat every yearling on its merits, i.e. worth $20,000 even if knocked down for a million. It’s a lesson he took on board and has passed on to his staff who handle the plethora of young horses that come through the stable, some worth, on paper, a king’s ransom, others less so. It’s relative advice nonetheless as there are few Darley-bred or purchased horses that don’t have a quality pedigree page. Saturday’s Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi was sired by one of Darley’s lesser-priced stallions at the time, albeit Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep had himself been crowned Champion 2YO of Australia, and Kiamichi’s dam is a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Denman and a full-sibling to Gr1 VRC Sires Produce winner Preserve.
Damian Lane & James Cummings with the Golden Slipper Trophy (pic: Steve Hart)
Quality On Offer In Perth Autumn SaleMonday, 25th March 2019A quality line up of thoroughbreds will go under the hammer on Sunday, March 31 at the Magic Millions Perth Autumn Thoroughbred Sale from 1pm. The auction will be held at the new Swan Valley Sales Complex on Dale Road for which the catalogue is now online. The 61 lots include proven stakes-producing and winning broodmares, plus weanlings, a yearling and an outstanding line up of racehorses. Among the broodmare entries are stakes-performers Mae Jinx, Pavlova, Xaar Boom and Busimess, as well as the dams of stakes-winners that include Missy Longstocking, Saul's Special and Summer Swallow. The racehorse section features an outstanding draft from Peters Investments including group winner State Solicitor, classy performer Bold Success and regally bred fillies Special Reflection and Treasureland. Also in the entries is last start Perth winner Yeah Bravo. A lifetime breeding right to Miss West Coast's young group winning sire Safeguard will also go under the hammer.
The Cleaner’s Trainer Mick Burles Passes AwayMonday, 25th March 2019Mick Burles, the larrikan trainer of high-class Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner, has died at just 70, reports wwos.nine.com.au. Burles, whose front-running gelding The Cleaner took on and beat some of Melbourne’s best in their own backyard at Group level, had been suffering from emphysema for some time and passed away at a Nursing Home in Tasmania. Known as the Lion of Longford, the area in which Burles trained the horse, The Cleaner (Savoire Vivre-Dash of Scotch, by Blessington), who took his place in two Gr1 Cox Plates, lives at Melbourne’s Living Legends, where he has been since 2016. He was purchased by Burles for just $10,000 at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.
Kiamichi Wins Gr1 Golden SlipperMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -12. Kiamichi (14)J: Damian LaneT: James CummingsW: 54.5 kgsS: SidestepD: Ouachita 1.0L2. Microphone (1)J: J BowmanT: James CummingsW: 56.5 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Sung 1.5L7. Lyre (11)J: L CurrieT: Anthony FreedmanW: 54.5 kgsS: LonhroD: Erato 1.8L16. Loving Gaby (12)J: O MurphyT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 54.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Maastricht
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, there were extraordinary scenes when the mighty Godolphin blue army put the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper field to the sword, filling the first three placings. Godolphin’s former Champion 2YO and Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) who now stands at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds, had the main honour when the least fancied of the Cummings runners, filly Kiamichi (Sidestep-Ouachita, by Canny Lad) made the Slipper all her own, defeating stablemate colt Microphone and the Anthony Freedman-trained Godolphin-owned Blue Diamond winner and fellow filly Lyre. Having displayed very good form at Rosehill in the lead-ups including a top-notch Magic Night Stakes win, Kiamichi skipped clear in the straight and refused to lie down in the taxing conditions. Cummings pointed out that Kiamichi was the stable’s first 2YO winner of the season, and that while she mightn’t have been the pick of the public, what matters on the day is which 2YO is prepared to tough it out. The win improved Kiamichi’s record to 3 wins and a placing from 5 starts for $2,205,850 in earnings.
Winx Wins Gr1 George Ryder StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -4. Winx (7)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Street CryD: Vegas Showgirl 3.5L9. Brutal (3)J: Tommy BerryT: M, W & J HawkesW: 56 kgsS: O'ReillyD: Alberton Princess 6.3L2. Dreamforce (6)J: Damian LaneT: John ThompsonW: 59 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Eskimo Queen 7.6L5. Prompt Response (2)J: B ShinnT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: BeneteauD: Prompt
In Sydney at Rosehill, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated another Gr1 victory when 7YO mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) scored an - almost stress-free - 3.5-length victory for trainer Chris Waller in the $1,000,000 Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), defeating 3YO colt Brutal & 6YO gelding Dreamforce. In what was her penultimate race, jockey Hugh Bowman kept her out of trouble, sitting three wide the whole trip. He moved up from their midfield position at the 700m, finding clean ground on the heavy track and allowed the mare to stretch out to the roar of the crowd down the straight, breaking the hearts of the competition. This victory, a record fourth in the same race, was less unsettling than her previous win in the Gr1 Chipping Norton (1600m) three weeks ago; today she was in a beautiful rhythm throughout and Bowman was able to move through her gears with ease. This was the indubitably the run Waller had intended for her ahead of her grand finale in three weeks, the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The trainer remained composed post-race: the invincible mare remains invincible. More records were broken today, Winx now sits on a world-record 24 Gr1 wins, and a total of 36 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – four times, Gr1 George Ryder - four times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes - twice, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes - twice, Gr1 Winx Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - thrice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – four times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes – three times, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 42 starts for record Australian earnings of $24,009,675. The winner of 32 consecutive races, Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
Winx in cruise control (pic: Steve Hart)
The Autumn Sun Wins Gr1 Rosehill GuineasMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -1. The Autumn Sun (3)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 56.5 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Azmiyna 0.2L7. Arrogant (5)J: Craig WilliamsT: M D MoroneyW: 56.5 kgsS: Ocean ParkD: Charmeuse 2.5L8. Chapada (1)J: D OliverT: M D MoroneyW: 56.5 kgsS: Bullet TrainD: Diamantina Dior 5.5L4. Surely Sacred (10)J: Damian LaneT: A W PikeW: 56.5 kgsS: Rock 'n' PopD: Not Sure
In Sydney at Rosehill, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated a major Gr1 success when star 3YO colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna, by Galileo) stuck his neck out at the right minute for a narrow 0.1-length victory for trainer Chris Waller in the $600,000 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), defeating fellow 3YO colts Arrogant & Chapada. This was the first time the outstanding colt had been tested over further than a mile, yet there was no doubt in the markets prior to the race - he lined up at a price reminiscent of stablemate Winx - and he set a few pulses racing when he rounded the field on the bend and appeared to lose momentum two furlongs out. A gallant effort by both horse and jockey Kerrin McEvoy saw a fabulous battle with Arrogant (Ocean Park-Charmeuse, by O’Reilly) the entire length of the straight, and The Autumn Sun showed, as McEvoy said, an “enormous amount of grit,” digging deep where it counted. The jockey also proclaimed the reason for the less-than-devastating victory was the testing heavy 8 surface, eschewed by the son of Redoute’s Choice. A $700,000 purchase by his trainer & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, and now owned 50 percent by Arrowfield Stud who manage his career, The Autumn Sun advanced his sensational record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate and Gr2 Hobartville Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 8 starts for $3,482,121 in earnings. Where he will go next remains undecided - however his anticipated multi-million dollar career at stud has been truly cemented.
The Autumn Sun had a massive battle (pic: Steve Hart)
Nature Strip Wins Gr1 The GalaxyMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -4. Nature Strip (9)J: J B Mc DonaldT: C J WallerW: 55 kgsS: NicconiD: Strikeline 0.1L3. Pierata (7)J: Tommy BerryT: G D HickmanW: 56 kgsS: PierroD: November Flight 1.4L11. Easy Eddie (11)J: R DolanT: Joseph PrideW: 51 kgsS: Super EasyD: Twin Town 2.7L10. Encryption (10)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 51 kgsS: LonhroD: Guelph
In the last of Rosehill Gardens’ five Gr1 races on Saturday, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when enigmatic 4YO gelding Nature Strip (Nicconi-Strikeline, by Desert Sun) scored by a hair for trainer Chris Waller in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating 4YO horse Pierata & fellow 4YO gelding Easy Eddie. Runner-up Pierata’s connections had their emotions crushed when the judge’s camera determined Nature Strip the winner. To the naked eye there was almost nothing in it, but that’s racing. Both acquited themselves brilliantly, the former hanging on by a thread as he hit the wall after dashing like a hare, whilst Pierata unleashed his dynamic finish to just be denied. Passed in for $90,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale when offered by his breeder Golden Grove Stud, Nature Strip improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Ian McEwen Stakes, Listed Lightning Stakes & Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final) and 2 placings from 15 starts for $1,225,085 in earnings. Nature Strip’s triumph provided Waller with a third Gr1 for the day.
Nature Strip won his maiden Gr1 (pic: Steve Hart)
Avilius Wins Gr1 Ranvet StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -2. Avilius (10)J: K Mc EvoyT: James CummingsW: 59 kgsS: PivotalD: Alessandria 2.3L5. He's Eminent (11)J: J B Mc DonaldT: Sir Mark ToddW: 59 kgsS: FrankelD: You'll Be Mine 2.7L10. Danzdanzdance (1)J: O P BossonT: C Gibbs & M BradleyW: 57 kgsS: MastercraftsmanD: Night Danza 6.0L12. Unforgotten (13)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Memories Of You
On a glorious day of racing at Rosehill Gardens, 5YO UK-bred gelding Avilius (Pivotal-Alessandria, by Sunday Silence) scored a superb 2.3-length victory for trainer James Cummings in the $700,000 Weight For Age Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating 5YO horse He's Eminent & 4YO mare Danzdanzdance. On the basis it always pays to forgive a good horse one poor run, Avilius, back on home ground, showed his Gr1 Australian Cup run was an aberration. With He’s Eminent, who’d defeated Avilius in the UK, and Ace High setting a strong gallop in the heavy conditions, coming from off the pace was no easy ask, and yet Avilius made up a ton of ground to wrest control from his old adversary before the 100m mark. Danzdanzdance struck traffic on the rail down the back and was also courageous when squeezing through as the field swung in for the run home. The latest effort by Avilius, without question his finest since arriving in Australia, topped-up his his record to 9 wins (including 7 in Australia – among them the Gr3 T.S.Carlyon Cup, Gr3 Bart Cummings Handicap, Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes & Gr3 Premier’s Cup) and 3 placings from 17 starts for $1,497,460 in earnings.
Avilius claims his first Gr1 (pic: Steve Hart)
Sunlight Wins Gr1 William Reid StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -10. Sunlight (9)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 54 kgsS: ZoustarD: Solar Charged 0.8L7. Spright (5)J: J R CollettT: G L FrazerW: 56.5 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Dashoff 1.8L8. Ellicazoom (1)J: Craig WilliamsT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56.5 kgsS: Testa RossaD: Ellicorsam 1.9L3. Dothraki (4)J: Damian LaneT: P & P SnowdenW: 58.5 kgsS: MossmanD: Volantis
In Moonee Valley’s feature race on Friday night Widden Stud stallion and former 3YO champion Australian sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) celebrated further Gr1 success when seemingly indomitable 3YO filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) scored a three quarter-length victory for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating 5YO mares Spright & Ellicazoom. Electing to take matters into his own hands after she left the gates in a hurry, jockey Luke Currie quickly put paid to Written By and, after setting a hot tempo, Sunlight backed off to get a mid-race breather before going for home off the bend. Although she started to tire as Spright came out of the chasing pack, the race was already hers. Popular gelding Voodoo Lad sadly broke down in the straight, sending jockey Ben Melham sprawling and badly winded. It remains to be seen whether he’ll make the trip to Sydney for his only ride – aboard Night’s Watch in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes. Doubtless the best 3YO sprinter in the country, $300,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast graduate Sunlight’s record now reads: 10 wins (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr3 Magic Night Stakes & Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 Golden Slipper & Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 15 starts for $4,129,950 in earnings. McEvoy is clearly in awe of Sunlight, saying there is much more to come, and that she could end up being one of the best of the best.
Sunlight claims another Gr1 (pic: Mark Gatt)
Consensus Wins Gr2 Sunline StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -3. Consensus (6)J: M J WalkerT: S J McKeeW: 57 kgsS: PostponedD: Kate Cross 0.2L4. Spanish Reef (5)J: M ZahraT: K M KeysW: 57 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Lemon Reef 1.0L2. Kenedna (10)J: John AllenT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 57 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Miss Dodwell 1.1L6. Naantali (7)J: L CurrieT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 57 kgsS: Rip Van WinkleD: Zaloot
In the final race At Moonee Valley on Friday, deceased Westbury Stud stallion Postponed (Summer Squall-Bridal Tea, by Gulch) added a Gr2 triumph when New Zealand-bred 7YO mare Consensus (Postponed-Kate Cross, by Cape Cross) scored a shock 0.2-length victory for trainer Stephen McKee in the $200,000 Gr2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+ fillies and mares, defeating 5YO mares Spanish Reef & Kenedna. Under the guidance of Michael Walker, outsider Consensus was up running second early, but was overly keen and had to be restrained. Camped just off the speed behind free-wheeling Spanish Reef who tried to make every post a winner, Consensus was three deep starting a run and just kept finding in a tight go to the line. Kenedna produced her usual withering finish after coming from last, and might well have won in another 50 metres. The win was particularly poignant and memorable for McKee whose father Trevor trained the mighty mare Sunline in whose honour the race is named. Consensus’ successful trans-Tasman raid improved her stats to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Zabeel Classic, Gr3 Taranaki Cup, Gr3 Trentham Stakes, Gr3 Softel Luxury Hotel Stakes & Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes, Gr1 Maori RC WHA Stakes, Gr1 New Zealand Stakes, Gr2 Rich Hill Stakes, Gr3 Alison Stakes, Listed Canterbury Stakes & Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes) from 54 starts for $725,662 in earnings.
Consensus wins the Sunline Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
Volpe Veloce Wins Gr2 Japan NZ InternationalMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -3. Volpe Veloce (9)J: M J Mc NabT: G Richardson & G ParkerW: 56 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Bardego 0.5L5. Watch This Space (5)J: V A ColganT: W P HillisW: 55.5 kgsS: Elusive CityD: Multi Tasker 1.0L8. True Enough (6)J: C J GryllsT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 55 kgsS: Nom Du JeuD: Valda's Dream 1.1L1. Endless Drama (4)J: D A MansourT: A W PikeW: 57 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Desert Drama
At Tauranga in New Zealand, former Newgate Farm and now Woodside Park Stud Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat) added a Group success when 5YO mare Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge-Bardego, by Barathea) scored a half-length victory for trainers Graham Richardson & Gavin Parker in the $100,000 Gr2 Japan NZ Trophy (1600m), defeating 7YO gelding Watch This Space & 5YO gelding True Enough. After disappointing in the Gr1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic, her trainers advised she was getting back to her best, and the fast-finishing mare duly obliged in a fast-run race with a powerful finish to win going away. Her record improved to 12 wins (also including the Gr2 Westbury Classic, Gr2 Eight Carat Classic, Gr3 Eulogy Stakes, (R) Listed Karaka 3YO Mile & Listed Castletown Stakes) & 2 runners-up (including the Gr2 Auckland TBA Stakes) from 24 starts for $639,000 earnings. Initially a $120,000 yearling when sold by Newgate Farm at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Volpe Veloce was subsequently turned over for $240,000 by pin-hookers Lyndhurst Farm at the 2015 NZB National Yearling Sale.
Avantage Wins Gr3 Birthday Card StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -3. Avantage (7)J: O P BossonT: J W RichardsW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Asavant 0.8L2. Resin (11)J: J B Mc DonaldT: James CummingsW: 57.5 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Beaded 2.6L8. Star Reflection (6)J: B AvdullaT: K A LeesW: 54.5 kgsS: Time ThiefD: Dawn To Dusk 2.8L5. Sweet Scandal (8)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 54.5 kgsS: SepoyD: Bacchanal Woman
In the opening event at a sun-splashed Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated a Group success when kiwi 3YO filly Avantage (Fastnet Rock-Asavant, by Zabeel) scored a gutsy 0.8-length victory for trainer Jamie Richards in the $160,000 Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating 4YO mare Resin & 6YO mare Star Reflection. Always handy in the run where she swung for home with joint pace-maker Sweet Scandal, Avantage had to dig deep when Resin headed her in the straight and looked likely to take the spoils 150m out. A star in her homeland where she was an uncontested Champion 2YO last season, Avantage had just one race start last September after a 6-month break, and nothing again until Saturday, a fact not lost on Bosson, who agreed she’ll take a lot of improvement out of the run. A $210,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of The Oaks Stud, Avantage’s successful first foray in Australia improved her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes & (RL) Karaka Million) and a placing (runner-up in the Gr1 Diamond Stakes) from 8 starts for $818,019 in earnings
Avantage fights back on the inside (pic: Steve Hart)
Princess Jenni Wins Gr3 Alexandra StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -13. Princess Jenni (14)J: D OliverT: D R BrideoakeW: 55 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Glitzabeel 0.2L3. Angelic Ruler (11)J: Damian LaneT: D & B PearceW: 56 kgsS: Universal RulerD: Tip The Angel 0.3L11. Arctic Shock (6)J: B MelhamT: Chris MeagherW: 55.5 kgsS: ShockingD: Art Beat 0.8L6. Mirette (13)J: Jordan ChildsT: Archie AlexanderW: 55 kgsS: UnencumberedD: Lady Zabeel
On William Reid Stakes night at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley circuit, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a new Group winner when 3YO filly Princess Jenni (High Chaparral-Glitzabeel, by Zabeel) scored a 0.2-length victory for trainer David Brideoake in the $160,000 Gr3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating fellow fillies Angelic Ruler & Arctic Shock at just her fourth start. With the complexion of the race changing heading into the home turn as leaders came back to the field, Angelic Ruler (after two consecutive Group placings in Melbourne since shipping East from Perth) looked like she’d make it third time lucky. Dropping from the clouds, Damien Oliver brought Princess Jenni with a sweeping run to claim his second stakes success of the evening. A $120,000 yearling at the 2017 NZB National Yearling Sales Series when consigned by Phoenix Park, Princess Jenni improved her record to 2 wins and a placing from 4 starts for $118,890 in earnings. The High Chaparral-Zabeel cross is suggestive of a filly who will thrive as her distances increase.
Princess Jenni swooped late (pic: Mark Gatt)
Midterm Wins Gr3 N E Manion CupMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -9. Midterm (9)J: Jamie KahT: Liam HowleyW: 55 kgsS: GalileoD: Midday 2.0L1. Big Duke (7)J: B AvdullaT: K A LeesW: 58 kgsS: Raven's PassD: Hazarayna 3.0L10. Shraaoh (1)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 53.5 kgsS: Sea The StarsD: Jumooh 3.2L3. One Foot In Heaven (11)J: Tommy BerryT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Pride
In Sydney’s west at Rosehill Gardens, Coolmore Stud’s superbly successful world champion stallion Galileo (Sadler’s Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a new Group winner when beautifully-bred 6YO gelding Midterm (Galileo-Midday, by Oasis Dream) scored a convincing 2-length victory for trainer Liam Howley in the $160,000 Gr3 Manion Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating 7YO gelding Big Duke & 6YO gelding Shraaoh. Sniffing around for the lead from a wide draw, Midterm was soon sitting just behind lamp-lighter Big Blue and stayed there until just before the turn when applying pressure to slip past. From that point on it become a game of catch-up, which the others were simply unable to manage. Out of celebrated 6-time Gr1 heroine Midday, Midterm elevated his record to 4 wins (including the UK’s Gr3 Sandown Classic Trial) and 4 placings (including France’s Gr2 Prix Niel, England’s Gr3 Aston Park Stakes & Australia’s Listed Mornington Cup Prelude) from 18 starts for $334,640 in earnings.
Midterm was totally dominant (pic: Steve Hart)
Semari Wins Gr3 Epona StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -8. Semari (6)J: Tommy BerryT: T Busuttin & N YoungW: 54 kgsS: SebringD: Kumari 0.5L1. I'm A Princess (1)J: J BowmanT: Tony McEvoyW: 56 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Pentamerous 1.8L3. All Too Soon (2)J: A AdkinsT: David PayneW: 54 kgsS: All Too HardD: Gallant Tess 2.0L6. Harmattan (4)J: Tim ClarkT: James CummingsW: 54 kgsS: Street CryD: Anemometer
In the lucky last at one of the greatest ever race meetings staged at Rosehill Gardens in front of a massive crowd, ill-fated Widden Stud stallion Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a posthumous Group race triumph when consistent 4YO mare Semari (Sebring-Kumari, by Zabeel) scored half-length victory for trainer Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young in the $160,000 Gr3 Epona Stakes (1900m) for 3YO+, defeating 5YO mare I'm A Princess & fellow 4YO mare All Too Soon. Semari powered her way to the line, much to the delight of the many people who’d stayed until the end which culminated in the top three in the market sharing the spoils at around $5.00. A $150,000 yearling consigned by New Zealand’s Little Avondale Stud at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Semari’s maiden black-type success improved her record to 6 wins and a placing from 11 starts for $182,715 in earnings.
Residential Wins Gr3 South Island TB StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -3. Residential (2)J: R J HannamT: J & K ParsonsW: 55 kgsS: PinsD: Metropolitan 0.5L7. Zabay (3)J: C A CampbellT: B & S AndertonW: 55 kgsS: StravinskyD: Obey 0.6L1. Contessa Vanessa (7)J: C W JohnsonT: Team RogersonW: 56 kgsS: BullbarsD: Di Lusso 2.4L5. Zentessa (12)J: D L TurnerT: S Kennedy & A FurlongW: 55 kgsS: ZedD: Dantessa
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) celebrated a black-type success when 5YO mare Residential (Pins-Metropolitan, by Elusive City) scored a half-length victory for trainers John and Karen Parsons in the $80,000 Gr3 Breeders Stakes (1600m) for mares, defeating fellow 5YO mare Zabay & favoured 4YO mare Contessa Vanessa who started in the red. Racing in Waikato Stud’s familiar white, green and blue silks, $60,000 2015 NZB National Yearling Sales Series purchase Residential improved her record to 9 wins (including the Listed races NZB Insurance Breeders’ Stakes, Southland Guineas and Dunedin Guineas) and 7 placings from 36 starts for $253,000 in earnings.
Rio Del Mar Wins Gr3 Gimcrack StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -8. Rio Del Mar (8)J: Chris ParnhamT: Simon MillerW: 54 kgsS: MagnusD: Costanera 0.1L1. Prim And Proper (2)J: J WhitingT: L P LucianiW: 56.5 kgsS: Alfred NobelD: Prima Vista 0.6L2. Miss West Coast (4)J: D StaeckT: T M AndrewsW: 56.5 kgsS: SafeguardD: Coast To The Post 1.3L6. Amelia's On Fire (6)J: S Mc GruddyT: Simon MillerW: 55.5 kgsS: SizzlingD: Zugat
At Ascot in Perth, Sun Stud's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO filly Rio Del Mar (Magnus-Costanera, by Encosta De Lago) scored narrowly in a driving victory for trainer Simon Miller in the $150,000 Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) for 2YO, defeating fellow fillies Prim And Proper & Miss West Coast. Reversing the placings after being denied by Prim and Proper on debut when she was heavily supported, Chris Parnham punched Rio Del Mar to the line after five fillies had fanned across the straight with 100m to go. One of three sent out by the stable in a memorable renewal of the Gimcrack, Rio Del Mar improved her record to a win and a placing from 2 starts for $108,500 in earnings. She was a $20,000 weanling purchase at the 2017 Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne.
Krone Wins Listed Darby Munro StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -9. Krone (7)J: D OliverT: M G PriceW: 56 kgsS: EurozoneD: Soft Landing 0.3L6. Wild Planet (1)J: Tommy BerryT: M, W & J HawkesW: 58 kgsS: Animal KingdomD: Salutations 0.5L14. Classique Legend (8)J: K Mc EvoyT: L J BridgeW: 56 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Pinocchio 5.4L11. Poised To Strike (4)J: Craig WilliamsT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: Akeed MofeedD: Pandoro De Lago
At Rosehill in Sydney, Newgate Farm’s Gr2-winning, Gr1-placed sire Eurozone (Northern Meteor-Miss Vandal, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type win when 3YO filly Krone (Eurozone-Soft Landing, by Al Maher) scored a 0.3-length victory for trainer Mick Price in the $140,000 Listed Darby Munro (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating the geldings Wild Planet & Classique Legend. With short-priced favourite Classique Legend desperately trying to get across and control the tempo, but kept out by three runners underneath him, by the 700m alarm bells were ringing. Despite being very brave, the effort started to tell 150m out as Classique Legend was eye-balled by Wild Planet who, in turn, was finally edged out by Krone who’d been third last swinging for home. The win gave Damien Oliver three stakes winners in just over 18 hours after riding a double at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. Krone was sold three times before she raced: she was a $120,000 purchase by Roll The Dice Syndicate from the draft of Rosemont Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale after previously selling as a weanling from the draft of Bell View Park Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $30,000 and then as a yearling from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $60,000. Krone improved her record to 2 wins (including the Listed Cinderella Stakes In Adelaide) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes, Gr3 Breeders Stakes & Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes) from 12 starts for $256,375 in earnings.
Krone finished too strongly (pic: Steve Hart)
Achernar Star Wins Listed Grandstand CupMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -1. Achernar Star (3)J: S Mc GruddyT: Simon MillerW: 60.5 kgsS: Gingerbread ManD: Morine 0.5L3. Variation (1)J: Mitchell PatemanT: S J MillerW: 55.5 kgsS: War ChantD: Fleeting Angel 1.3L10. Tellem We're Comin (10)J: Chris ParnhamT: G & A WilliamsW: 54 kgsS: BlackfriarsD: Bonny Bonny 1.4L8. Mizlecki (9)J: D StaeckT: F R KersleyW: 54 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Miss Strezelecki
In Saturday’s second feature at Ascot in Perth, Yarradale Stud stallion Gingerbread Man (Shamardal-Quafle, by Hurricane Sky) celebrated a stakes success when 4YO gelding Achernar Star (Gingerbread Man-Morine, by Danetime) scored by a half-length for trainer Simon Miller in the $100,000 Listed Grandstand Cup (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating 5YO gelding Variation & fellow 4YO gelding Tellem We're Comin. Racing handy to the speed on the fence, Achernar Star briefly looked snookered in the straight but managed to extricate himself to make it two black-type wins in a row. A $75,000 yearling purchase by Astute Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Perth Sale, Achernar Star improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Bunbury Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic, Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr2 Western Australian Guineas plus several Listed events) from 19 starts for $851,096 in earnings.
Streets Of Avalon Wins Listed Hareeba StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -9. Streets Of Avalon (9)J: Zac SpainT: S P NicholsW: 54.5 kgsS: MagnusD: Kamuniak 1.0L3. Bons Away (13)J: Ms L J MeechT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 57.5 kgsS: Bon HoffaD: Villa Albani 2.5L11. Snitzkraft (1)J: J BowditchT: P StokesW: 54 kgsS: SnitzelD: Power O'Raylee 2.8L8. Glenall (2)J: Jack MartinT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54.5 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Our Quivira
At Mornington in Victoria, Sun Stud's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a stakes-race success when 4YO gelding Streets Of Avalon (Magnus-Kamuniak, by Black Minnaloushe) sat second, eased off the fence and powered clear a long way from home to capture a well deserved debut black-type win in the $200,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) by 1-length over the fast finishing 5YO gelding Bons Away with 4YO entire Snitzkraft in third. Withdrawn from the 2016 Inglis Ready To Race Sale due to poor X-ray results, Streets Of Avalon once again proved that racing aptitude and courage can overcome physical perfection as he took his record to 5 wins and 15 placings (including the Gr3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap & Listed March Stakes) for $534,360 in earnings. He is a descendant of the simply amazing Royal News family whose many branches include Gr1 winners the ilk of Reward For Effort, Overreach, Ivory's Irish, Alynda and Turffontein.
Cheer Leader Wins Listed Valley PearlMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -8. Cheer Leader (1)J: Damian LaneT: P & P SnowdenW: 55 kgsS: SnitzelD: Gold Chant 5.0L1. Mayan (8)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 57 kgsS: NicconiD: Crown Agnes 6.0L9. Free Thrills (3)J: Patrick MoloneyT: L & T CorstensW: 55 kgsS: UnencumberedD: Heart Of Thrills 6.2L6. Andrassy Avenue (4)J: B MelhamT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55.5 kgsS: RubickD: Budapest
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion and current leading Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) sired a new stakes-winner when 2YO filly Cheer Leader (Snitzel-Gold Chant, by El Moxie) scored a 5-lengths victory for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden in the $140,000 Listed Valley Pearl (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating 2YO colt Mayan & fellow filly Free Thrills. After placing in her only two prior starts, including one at Listed level, beaten just 0.2-length down the Flemington straight, Cheer Leader was one of a trio vying for favouritism in an open market. She never had an opportunity to give her rivals wind-burn, simply jumping to the lead on the rail and then forging further and further ahead to guarantee she’s a future black-booker. A $300,000 yearling at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale consigned by Milburn Creek, Cheer Leader improved her record to 1 win and 2 placings (including the Listed Very Special Kids Plate) from 3 starts for $107,910 in earnings. She’s entitled to have a bit of talent, being a half-sister to Gr1 Thousand Guineas heroine Amicus, while her dam is a half-sister to globe-trotting multiple Gr1 winner and sire Starspangledbanner from the family of Elvstroem and Haradasun.
Self Sense Wins Listed Mornington CupMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -3. Self Sense (7)J: L NolenT: D R BrideoakeW: 55.5 kgsS: Street SenseD: Be My Person 0.1L6. Tarquin (4)J: Fred W KersleyT: Simon RyanW: 54 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Daanet Al Dunya 0.9L1. Trap For Fools (5)J: John AllenT: J A McLeanW: 61 kgsS: Poet's VoiceD: Old Money 1.8L5. Stars Of Carrum (8)J: C NewittT: R E LaingW: 54 kgsS: FiorenteD: Signoret
At Mornington, south-east of Melbourne, Darley's 2006 Champion 2YO Colt & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning shuttler Street Sense (Street Cry-Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band) added a black-type success when 8YO gelding Self Sense (Street Sense-Be My Person, by Personal Flag) scored a 0.1-length victory for trainer David Brideoake in the $350,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m), defeating 6YO gelding Tarquin & favoured 5YO gelding Trap For Fools. The latter did as was expected and jumped straight to the front to try to maintain a sedate pace to offset his 61kg impost, and for the most part he succeeded. Heading towards the final turn ahead of the short straight, the closers made their move, among them Self Sense who was three out and well away from the rail. Trap For Fools looked about gone 200m from the post yet managed to hold on for a place behind Self Sense and Tarquin who’d run on nicely. Winner last start of the Yarra Valley Cup, Self Sense improved his record to 15 wins (including the Listed Ipswich Cup & Listed Kilmore Cup) and 15 placings (including the Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup, Listed Albury Gold Cup and Listed Randwick City Stakes) from 59 starts for $1,474,220 in earnings.
Tyzone Wins Listed GoldmarketMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -1. Tyzone (10)J: R PlumbT: A J EdmondsW: 59 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Rezonet 0.2L9. Malvern Estate (2)J: B N StewartT: Desleigh ForsterW: 54 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Stepping 0.4L11. Freddie Fox Trot (1)J: Daniel GriffinT: L D KellyW: 54 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Tamieka 0.7L7. Manaya (3)J: Anthony AllenT: Michael CostaW: 54 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Hot 'n' Breezy
At the Gold Coast, Woodside Park's high profile Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a stakes success when 5YO gelding Tyzone (Written Tycoon-Rezonet, by Hussonet) scored a last gasp 0.2-length victory for trainer Toby Edmonds in the $125,000 Listed Goldmarket (1200m), defeating 5YO gelding Malvern Estate & 4YO gelding Freddie Fox Trot. The rescheduled Goldmarket saw Mr Marbellouz sent off favourite, and he set a cracking tempo in an attempt to run the field off its feet. It worked, but weary legs kicked in with 100m to go where there were suddenly chances galore, including Tyzone who sprouted wings down the stand side to just claim victory in the shadows of the post. A $60,000 2YO consigned by Kenmore Lodge at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale, Tyzone improved his record to 15 wins and 5 placings (including Grafton’s Listed Ramornie Handicap & the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich) from 28 starts for $554,675 in earnings.
Beethoven Wins Listed Perth StakesMonday, 25th March 2019
Mrgn. Runners -2. Beethoven (4)J: C Johnston-PorterT: D L MortonW: 55.5 kgsS: HelmetD: Molto Allegro 0.1L1. Jericho Missile (5)J: S O'DonnellT: D R HarrisonW: 57.5 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Onecatstoomany 0.9L4. Divide The Sea (6)J: S Mc GruddyT: T M AndrewsW: 54 kgsS: MosheD: Rachine 1.3L5. Dig Deep (1)J: Joseph AzzopardiT: D & B PearceW: 54 kgsS: Deep FieldD: Lucky Ana
At Ascot in Perth, Darley's Australian three-time Gr1-winning shuttler Helmet (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel) celebrated a stakes victory when 2YO gelding Beethoven (Helmet-Molto Allegro, by Fast 'n' Famous) refused to roll over in a tight tussle down the stretch with race favourite and fellow 2YO gelding Jericho Missile to just prevail by the narrowest of 0.1-length margins in the $150,000 Listed Perth Stakes (1100m) for 2YO colts & geldings. Third home was the colt Divide The Sea. From a half-sister to Gr3 Vain Stakes winner Jukebox and the family of Gr1 Kingston Town Classic winner Itsahymn, Beethoven took his record to 4 starts for 2 wins and 2 placings for $152,800 in earnings.
Multiple Stakes Winners From NZB May SaleMonday, 25th March 2019Graduates of the New Zealand Bloodstock May Sale (2019 catalogue now online) have claimed 79 stakes-wins in the past five seasons throughout New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau. Among these stakes-wins, seven of those were Gr1 victories with the most recent graduate to join the honour roll being the son of Dundeel, Yourdeel (NZ). A $30,000 weanling purchase, he placed in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO and went on to win the Gr1 Sistema Stakes. Little Avondale purchased the weanling from the draft of Daniel Myers and re-offered him in Book 1 at Karaka 2018 where he fetched $100,000 from the bid of Chris Rutten Bloodstock. There are a total of 35 professional vendors offering drafts at the Sale this year with progeny from a selection of over 80 sires, including 12 exciting first season sires from Australasia in the Weanling session. There will be the progeny of 21 stakes-winning dams and siblings to 63 stakes-winners. In addition, there are nine lots who are BOBS eligible, two Karaka Million Series-nominated horses, two Pearl Series lots and a QTIS- nominated weanling. The 2019 sale renewal will be held on 17 May at Karaka.
Gr1 winner Yourdeel was initially sold at the NZB May Sale (pic: Trish Dunell)