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Daily News | 19th January 2018
Viddora Sibling Among MM Adelaide Sale HighlightsFriday, 19th January 2018Multi-million dollar earner Viddora shone a light on the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale when she raced away for the easiest of wins on the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast last Saturday. Now live online, the 2018 renewal includes 454 lots from leading breeders across the country. The Morphettville-based auction will now be held over two days, on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March. Among the catalogued lots for Adelaide include (at least half) relations to group winners including Sirmione, Viddora, Riva de Lago, Arabian Gold, Carrara, Waging War, Vinnie Eagle, Concealer, Cartaya, Moment in Time and Vain Queen. The sale’s appeal to a broad market is highlighted this March by a catalogue comprising 193 BOBS eligible, 136 Super VOBIS nominated, 144 SABOIS Breeder Paid. This year some 120 different sires are represented by yearlings in the catalogue, including the first Australian crops of 25 individual sires. To view the online catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale click here or download it via the Equineline iPad app.
Viddora dazzled on the Gold Coast (pic: Steve Hart)
Bella Martini Wins Listed Gosford GuineasFriday, 19th January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Bella Martini (3)J: B AvdullaT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54 kgsS: StratumD: Silverbeat 0.1L1. Island Missile (7)J: J BowmanT: P & P SnowdenW: 56 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Iguana Jo 2.4L6. Epidemic (4)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 54 kgsS: LonhroD: Mnemosyne 3.9L7. Tiara Star (6)J: C W BrownT: G D HickmanW: 54 kgsS: CongratsD: Tenant's Tiara
At Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Bella Martini (Stratum-Silverbeat, by Distant Music) held off the late challenge of the runner-up to score a narrow win in the $150,000 Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Island Missile & Epidemic. Racing in the red and white checked silks of Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, Bella Martini improved her record to 4 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $210,200 in earnings. From the Listed Blue Diamond Preview placed Silverbeat, Bella Martini is a half-sister to Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic winner Upbeat and Listed Adelaide Guineas winner Alpha Beat.
Singing Wins Listed Gosford Gold CupFriday, 19th January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Singing (9)J: G SchofieldT: K A LeesW: 55.5 kgsS: SingspielD: Ring Beaune 3.0L2. Red Excitement (8)J: B AvdullaT: G A RyanW: 60.5 kgsS: ExcitesD: Red Obsession 5.5L3. Mighty Lucky (5)J: C G O'BrienT: F T CowellW: 57.5 kgsS: Casino PrinceD: Buxom Babe 5.7L5. Dee I Cee (7)J: Rachel KingT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55.5 kgsS: IstidaadD: Smashed All Night
At Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, Darley's deceased former multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & Dubai World Cup winner Singspiel (In The Wings-Glorious Song, by Halo) added a black-type success when 8YO French-bred entire Singing (Singspiel-Ring Beaune, by Bering) outstayed his rivals with a strong front-running victory in the $150,000 Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, defeating Red Excitement & Mighty Lucky. Remarkably, this was the first stakes win for the Australian Bloodstock-owned Singing who improved his record to 7 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Hansa Preis, Gr3 Prix Exbury & Listed ATC Premier's Cup) from 26 starts for $460,510 in earnings.
Singing (pic: Steve Hart)
Class Mare Poised to Claim Sprint DoubleFriday, 19th January 2018Volpe Veloce hasn't missed a beat as she bids to complete a prestigious sprinting double in tomorrow's Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of the Gr1 Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge-Bardego, by Barathea) is the current pre-post favourite for Saturday's $250,000 sprint feature. "She's bouncing and ready for battle," said Gavin Parker, who trains Volpe Veloce at Matamata with Graham Richardson. "It's a long way to go for us, but she's always travelled well." Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", boasts the excellent record of 10 wins from 13 starts for NZ$464,000 in earnings.
Sprinter To Avenge Gr1 DefeatFriday, 19th January 2018Meanwhile, top Kiwi sprinter Start Wondering will be seeking redemption in tomorrow's Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Evan and JJ Rayner-trained gelding suffered a nose defeat in last year's edition of the sprint feature which denied him a Gr1 sprint treble having landed wins in the Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie and NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa. Start Wondering kicked off his summer campaign with a second in the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) and a brave last-start fourth in the Gr1 Railway (1200m) on a deteriorating slow 8 track at Ellerslie. "He's as well as we can have him. His work was good again this morning," Rayner said. "We just hope there's not too much rain in Wellington. I was surprised how well he did go at Auckland. We decided to run him because it would have been too long between races if we scratched." Rayner added: "We'll ride him a bit colder and have a late run at them...We're as confident as we can be. There might be a lightweight that shoots us down again but we're very happy with him." After Saturday, Rayner said Start Wondering (Eighth Wonder-Roseanbar, by Al Akbar) would bid to defend his title in the Gr1 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on 10 February.
Weekend Black Type Feature ScheduleFriday, 19th January 2018Headlined by the big feature double of the Group 1 Thorndon Mile and Group 1 Telegraph at Trentham, there are six stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AEDT order are Saturday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:
- 12:35pm: Gr1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) Trentham
- 1:47pm: Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) Trentham
- 2:04pm: Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) Gore
- 2:22pm: Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) Trentham
- 2:57pm: Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) Trentham
- 5:20pm: Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) Flemington
- 8:10pm: Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) Sha Tin (1st Leg of 4YO Classic Series)
SAT 12:35pm: Gr1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) TrenthamFriday, 19th January 2018
1:47pm: Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) TrenthamFriday, 19th January 2018
2:04pm: Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) GoreFriday, 19th January 2018
2:22pm: Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) TrenthamFriday, 19th January 2018
2:57pm: Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) TrenthamFriday, 19th January 2018
5:20pm: Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) FlemingtonFriday, 19th January 2018
SUN 8:10pm: Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) Sha TinFriday, 19th January 2018
Filly Of the Year Series Leader ReturnsFriday, 19th January 2018The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series continues tomorrow with the running of the sixth leg, the $70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham. The fillies feature sees the return of current table-topper Dijon Bleu (Burgundy). The Lisa Latta-trained filly has led the Series from the start, winning the first leg – the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings in September. She then finished second in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m), boosting her total to 16 points. Dijon Bleu will maintain her Series lead regardless of Saturday's result, with 6 points available to the winner and her nearest rival in the field, The Lustre (Darci Brahma), sitting on 3.5. Larima (Pour Moi) was a fast-finishing fourth in the Eulogy and Sandrine (Savabeel) finished seventh in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic, while the rest of the Desert Gold field will make their Filly of the Year Series debut. They include a number of impressive last-start winners such as Swiss Precision (Swiss Ace), Rondinella (Ocean Park), and Milseain (Tavistock), a full-sister to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther. In addition to the 6 points on offer to the Desert Gold Stakes winner, there are 3 points for second and 1.5 for third. Click here to view runner comments.
Gr1 Targets for Frankel ColtFriday, 19th January 2018Blue blooded colt Merovee will chase Group 1 glory in the autumn, reports racingnsw.com.au. Trainer Chris Waller has identified the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on 10 March and the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on the same day as potential targets for the highly regarded colt. Merovee, who was last seen finishing runner-up to Astoria in the Gr3 NJC Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle in September, will resume in the Nelune Foundation Handicap (1300m) at Randwick tomorrow. "I'm hoping he's matured, in the autumn you'd expect him to reach racing maturity," Waller said. "He's had a couple of quiet trials because he just showed a tendency of being a bit keen last prep. We just have to make sure he switches on race day." Waller added: "I think 1300m is a good starting point for him." Purchased by Waller Racing for $1.6 million at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, the northern hemisphere conceived Merovee is the first foal to race from dual Gr2 winner & Gr1 Golden Slipper placed filly More Strawberries (More Than Ready-Milva, by Strawberry Road). A half-sister to Gr1-winning sire All American, More Strawberries hails from the family of dual Gr1-winning US stallion Rock Hard Ten.
TJ Target for In Her TimeFriday, 19th January 2018Classy sprinter In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) will attempt to secure an elusive Group 1 victory in the autumn, reports racing.com. The Newcastle mare has been placed three times at Group 1 level, including a narrow last-start second to Hey Doc in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in October. However, trainer Benjamin Smith says the three-time Gr2 winner will campaign exclusively in Sydney having spent longer than anticipated in the spelling paddock. Her primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "The Melbourne autumn might come up a bit too quick unfortunately," Smith said. "We had to leave her out in the paddock a little bit longer than we expected due to her foot, which was the issue that forced us to scratch her from the Darley Classic last November." Smith added: "The plan is she'll likely have one run before the Championships, either in the Galaxy [Gr1 on 24 March] or the fillies and mares race on that day. Then it's a fortnight into the TJ Smith Stakes."
Robert Sangster Goal for HoutzenFriday, 19th January 2018Trainer Toby Edmonds has nominated the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide as the long-term target for former gun juvenile Houtzen, reports racenet. The 3YO I Am Invincible filly, who won last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has not been seen in action since finishing ninth in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in the spring. "She has been back in work for three weeks and she will go to Sydney for some runs in March but everything is heading towards the Robert Sangster," Edmonds said. "She has really filled out and matured and she looks great to me." The $1 million Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) will be run at Morphettville racecourse in May.
Houtzen is maturing well (pic: Mark Gatt)
Wilson Appointed VRC Chief ExecutiveFriday, 19th January 2018Neil Wilson has been officially appointed chief executive of the Victoria Racing Club, reports racing.com. Wilson, a VRC board member since 2012, had been serving as interim chief executive since the departure of Simon Love in May 2017. "I am delighted to have the privilege of heading up the VRC. I look forward to building on the momentum of the past seven months to ensure we deliver on one of the most significant years in the VRC's history, and position the club for growth locally and globally," Wilson said in a statement.