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Daily News | 20th November 2018

  • Levendi Gearing Up for Autumn

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Australian Derby winner Levendi (Pierro-Lipari, by Redoute's Choice) is back in work preparing for the autumn, reports AAP Megaform. The now 4YO missed the entire spring after having bone chips removed from a knee. "He's just going through his preliminaries at the moment and we're looking forward to getting him back in the autumn and being a real competitor," trainer Peter Gelagotis said. "He's X-rayed up sensational and you wouldn't know he's had surgery for knee chips. That's a good sign and his soundness is impeccable. He's done a couple of weeks work and his action is even better now than before." Gelagotis earmarked the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on 13 April as a suitable target. "The Queen Elizabeth would be a nice race if Winx isn't around," he said. "But if we've got to dodge bullets there's the Ranvet and the Tancred, they're still worth good money."

    Levendi (image: Steve Hart)
  • Shark Circling Doncaster

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Kiwi excitement machine Te Akau Shark is off to the spelling paddock to prepare for an autumn campaign which could include a trip across the Tasman for the Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports NZ Racing Desk. Te Akau Shark (Rip Van Winkle-Bak da Chief, by Chief Bearhart) confirmed his status as the rising star of New Zealand racing when he capped an unbeaten campaign with a stunning six-length win in the Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton last week. "He left the South Island Saturday morning and got back Sunday afternoon. He's going to be thoroughly checked over by our veterinary team before he goes out to Te Akau Stud for a well-deserved break," trainer Jamie Richards said. "I would say the horse will go to Australia and we were thinking we would like to aim him at the Doncaster." Richards added: "It is great to have a choice of where to go and we think he is a horse good enough to go over to Australia and be competitive."
  • Wyong Next for Champagne Filly

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Co-trainer David Hayes has confirmed that talented Victorian filly Champagne Boom will use the Wong Magic Millions 2YO Classic as her main lead-up to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 12 January, reports AAP Megaform. By Eureka' Stud's exciting young stallion Spirit Of Boom, Champagne Boom was an impressive winner of the Listed MRC Debutant Stakes on debut on 13 October before finishing a close third in the Gr3 VRC Ottawa Stakes two weeks' ago. "She will go to Wyong and then come back home for a while and then just hopefully fly up for the race at the Gold Coast," Hayes said. "She won like a good horse on debut and then if it was 50 yards further she would have won again. She still ran well." The Wong Magic Millions 2YO Classic will be run on 12 December.
  • Queen To Back Up In Guineas

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Talented Perth filly Arcadia Queen is likely to back up in Saturday's $500,000 Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) after landing the WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) on the weekend. Owner-breeder Bob Peters said the 3YO pulled up well from her impressive win over Lady Cosmology in the Champion Fillies on Saturday. "We'll enter her in the Guineas," Peters said. "She'll probably go to that and William Pike will ride her. I was a bit worried about her getting kicked (behind the gates) and being sore, but she's all right." Arcadia Queen (Pierro-Arcadia, by Redoute's Choice) is starting to build a handy record winning 3 of her 4 starts for over $191,000 in prize money.
  • Weir Secures Top Melbourne Hoops

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Top Victorian-based jockeys Damien Oliver and Craig Williams have been booked to ride Voodoo Lad and Iconoclasm for champion trainer Darren Weir in the Winterbottom Stakes and Railway Stakes at Ascot, reports the West Australian. Apprentice Ben Allen will ride Weir's other Railway contender Peaceful State in the $1 million feature. The Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) will be run at Ascot this Saturday while the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) will be run on Saturday week. "I'm happy to be bringing them over," Weir said. "Iconoclasm and Peaceful State are both good horses racing well. One is up on the speed (Iconoclasm) and the one's out the back (Peaceful State), so it will depend on the tempo of the race." Weir has also added Gr2 Sandown Stakes runner-up Holy Snow to his Perth string. He will be aimed at the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on 8 December. "It will be a bit of a throw at the stumps, but he's probably worthy of going over after his run on Saturday," Weir said.
  • Australian Sires Premiership Update

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    After nearly sixteen weeks of the 2018-19 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent record-breaking two-time Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is sitting pretty atop the national sires leader board with more than $12.3 million in progeny earnings. In second spot is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, while Darley's European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttler Teofilo is in the top three courtesy of Cross Counter's brilliant win in the Melbourne Cup. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 November) are:
    1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $12,328,655
    2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $7,080,369
    3. Teofilo (Galileo) - $6,055,080
    4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,819,970
    5. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $4,070,101
    6. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $3,852,930
    7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,732,880
    8. Kodiac (Danehill) - $3,436,900
    9. Lonhro (Octagonal) - $3,227,462
    10. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $3,186,230
  • Stelvio Wins Gr1 Mile Championship

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    At Kyoto Racecourse in Japan, 3YO colt Stelvio (Lord Kanaloa-L'Archetto, by Falbrav) held off the late challenge of defending champion Persian Knight to win the 35th running of the Group 1 Mile Championship (8 furlongs) for 3YO+ with Al Ain in third. This was the first top-flight success for the Tetsuya Kimura-trained Stelvio who improved his record to 4 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Hai Futurity Stakes) from 9 starts for ¥277,730,000 in earnings. Jockey William Buick commented: "It's my first Gr1 win in Japan and this race is obviously one of the world's biggest mile races so it's very special for me. The horse was in great condition and when I saw he was drawn one, I thought that if he can make use of the draw and get a good position, he has a chance, which the horse managed to do. He had a good finishing kick. He won like a class horse and hopefully this is the beginning of this horse's Gr1 career."
  • VIC Announce New $5M Race

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced that it will be adding a new $5 million mile race to its racing calendar, reports racing.com. To be known as the All Star Mile, the race will be run for the first time during the autumn racing carnival at Flemington on 16 March. The race will be restricted to 14 horses, with ten of those to be decided by a public vote.  The remaining four "wildcards" will be at the discretion of RV. RV CEO Giles Thompson said the race will be hosted by the three major metropolitan tracks - Flemington, Moonee Valley and Caulfield - on a rotating basis. "The core of the race will be the same year in, year out, but the experience will be totally different because the clubs will bring what they bring. The fans just want to get involved and this enables them to get involved," he said. "Our autumn racing schedule is pretty impressive with Super Saturday, but we felt it could do with an injection of newness and innovation. This really does that; it will create a lot of interest and be the real feature event of the carnival."
  • Winx Favourite for All Star Mile

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Racing Victoria's announcement of its new $5 million All Star Mile race has already prompted speculation about whether champion mare Winx will target the race. Sportsbet has reacted to the news by installing Winx as the $1.80 favourite for the new weight-for-age race to be run for thefirst time at Flemington on 16 March. Winx’s stable-mate and budding superstar, The Autumn Sun, is second favourite at $7 ahead of Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Amphitrite on $11. Hong Kong star Beauty Generation is also $11. Ten of the 14 runners will be decided on by public vote, so the online bookmaker has installed the punters’ racehorse, Four Beers Please, a $1001 shot to break her maiden with a win against the stars. "We’re expecting Winx to be back for the autumn and this new race could fit in with her campaign. As far as getting enough votes goes, Winx will attract numbers that some Aussie politicians could only dream of," said sportsbet.com.au’s Ella Zampatti.

    Market courtesy of Sportsbet.com.au

    $1.80 - Winx

    $7.00 - The Autumn Sun

    $11 - Amphitrite

    $11 - Beauty Generation

    $15 - Ringerdingding

    $17 - Land of Plenty

    $21 - D’Argento

    $21 - Hartnell

    $21 - Humidor

    $21 - Shillelagh

    $26 - Best of Days

    $26 - Latrobe

    $26 - Oohood

    $26 - Unforgotten

    $34 - Le Romain

    $34 - Verry Elleegant

    $41 - Happy Clapper

    $41 - Kementari

    $41 - Miss Fabulass

    $51 - Lean Mean Machine

    $101 - Tom Melbourne

    $1001 - Four Beers Please

  • Record 1,013 Inglis Classic Yearlings Catalogued

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    The catalogue for the biggest and strongest Classic Yearling Sale in Inglis’ history is now available, with a mammoth 1,013 horses being offered over five days of selling. The Classic Sale, the first of five Inglis Select Yearling Sales annually, will begin at Riverside Stables on the night of Saturday February 9, directly following the Inglis Race Day at Warwick Farm which will feature the inaugural $2m Inglis Millennium for 2YOs and $1m Inglis Sprint for 3YOs. The strong catalogue includes relations to 76 Stakes winners (up from 63 last year) including eight Gr1 winners in Youngstar, Your Song, Under the Louvre, In Her Time, Headway, Long John, Questing New and Signify. There are also progeny of 103 Stakes-winning mares (up from 60 last year) including 10 Gr1 winners. Meanwhile, there are 110 sires with progeny, among them Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Choisir, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Sebring, Spirit of Boom, Written Tycoon, Star Witness and Zoustar, while 22 freshman yearling sires are also represented. The sale will entail four days of Book 1 (Feb 9-12) – where 808 yearlings will be offered – plus the Highway Session (Book 2, Feb 14), which has seen a further 205 youngsters catalogued. The sale will entail four days of Book 1 (Feb 9-12) – where 808 yearlings will be offered – plus the Highway Session (Book 2, Feb 14), which has seen a further 205 youngsters catalogued. Click here for the catalogue.

    In Her Time

    In Her Time has a Classic half-sister catalogued (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Nearly 2,500 Entries For Inglis Classic

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    Meanwhile, with many of the major vendors at Inglis Classic represented by big drafts, including Widden Stud (65), Arrowfield (46), Newgate Farm (37), Newhaven Park (30) and Vinery Stud (29), Inglis’ NSW Bloodstock Manager Chris Russell said the company had little choice but to expand the sale, given the huge demand by breeders wanting to be involved in Australia’s fastest growing Select Yearling Sale. “We had almost 2500 entries for this sale, which given where it was only a few years ago is quite remarkable and a testament to its phenomenal growth and the amazing support of the breeders and vendors backing the Classic Sale,” Russell said. “Without doubt, there has never been a stronger Classic catalogue than what will be offered at Riverside in February next year.” Russell also noted, “The Gold Riband session of 63 horses on the Saturday night is filled with yearlings I have no doubt will go on to be stunning early-running 2YOs and the remainder of the Book 1 catalogue is brimming with well-conformed youngsters from a wide range of top quality sires.” The Classic Yearling Sale will begin at 6pm on the night of Saturday February 9, with opening night again to include the hugely popular Gold Riband session. Click here for the catalogue.
  • Beauty Generation Outstanding In Jockey Club Mile

    Tuesday, 20th November 2018
    NZ Bloodstock Select Sale graduate Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) has carried on his unstoppable form, treating the Sha Tin crowd to another sparkling performance in Sunday’s HK$4.25 million Group 2 Jockey Club Mile. The reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation registered his eighth win from his last 11 starts and his fourth in a row. Bought for just $60,000 at Karaka, he has now earned more than HK$46.44 million (NZ$8.65 million) for owner Patrick Kwok. Beauty Generation took command in the home straight, charging to victory by three lengths in a track-record time of 1:32.64. Beauty Generation’s trainer John Moore hopes his stable star will receive the international accolades he deserves. "He had to make two runs out there after it was like the charge of the Light Brigade early" said Moore. "People around the world now will stand up and take notice that there is a very good miler here in Hong Kong." Beauty Generation has now won 12 of his 25 starts, with three Group 1 wins, three Group 2 wins and two Group 3 victories to his name.

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